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Beating Suspect Arrested, Police Search For More Suspects

DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver arrested a young man suspected of beating and robbing a man at a light rail station last month. Now they’re searching for four more suspects in connection with the case.

Detectives tracked down Daishawn Matthews thanks to video captured by surveillance cameras.

Regional Transportation District’s command center is staffed with employees who watch over every part of the transit system. Thermal imaging cameras can capture pictures in the dark.

“They look at live video from the rail system and all our physical facilities,” said RTD Transit Police Chief John Tarbert.

Police believe Matthews, 18, was one of a group that attacked a 23-year-old man on Sept. 18 at the Downing Light Rail Station.

The victim said the group of men stole his wallet with $600 inside before they beat him and left him unconscious.

Matthews is the only suspect who has been arrested. Police are hoping the public can help them identify the others in the video.

Police have been criticized for not releasing the surveillance video sooner to help track down the suspects.

“In hindsight we absolutely should have released this information earlier to the community, that’s the bottom line,” said Denver Police Chief Robert White.

“Almost everything is recorded somewhere on RTD so if you do something bad on our system, we’ll find you,” said Tarbert.

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