LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – A husband and wife were stabbed and pepper sprayed at a light rail station, and police are scouring surveillance video from the area.
The attack happened just before 2 a.m. on Monday close to RTD’s Lamar Station near 13th Street in Lakewood, just a few blocks south of Colfax.
Police say originally a man walked up asking for a cigarette. The assault ended after the husband was pepper sprayed and the woman was stabbed in the back and head.
“The Hispanic male was joined by two other young Hispanic males at that point,” Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis said. “The man and his wife thought they were getting threatening.”
The woman even had a knife for self defense, but wasn’t able to keep the assault from happening.
“At that point on of the Hispanic males pepper sprayed the husband and another Hispanic male cut the wife or stabbed her in the back,” Davis said.
The woman was taken to a hospital with severe wounds but is expected to be okay.
“(It was) very serious. Serious bodily injury. Even though things are not life threatening that doesn’t mean they’re not serious.”
Lakewood police are puzzled, though, because after asking for a cigarette, no other demands were made.
“There never was an attempt at robbery that we’re aware of. So the motive I’m not sure of,” Davis said.
The female victim found a link between the three suspects.
“I can’t tell you if it was gang related or not. I can tell you that her description was that they were dressed mostly in red. They left on foot.”
Several police squads responded but were unable to find the suspects.
The injured couple was able to make it one block to a fire station where they were provided with medical assistance.
Lakewood police said the suspects are Hispanic males between the ages of 17 and 20. They were described as being 5 foot 6 to 5 foot 11 and they were slim.