By Karen Morfitt
DENVER (CBS4) – A man has died after he was found inside his car in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood bleeding from apparent stab wounds.
Police rushed to the intersection of 13th Avenue and Marion Street on Tuesday night on reports of a stabbing.
When officers arrived, they found a man inside the vehicle, bleeding, with the driver’s side window smashed out and two tires flattened.
Jeremy Robins works at a restaurant nearby and noticed the massive response by Denver police.
“We noticed was the police lights over here first, then we hear what happened, because they (police) came in asking about it because he was here eating that night,” Robins said.
What was first deemed a suspicious incident turned into a homicide investigation after the victim was transported to the hospital and later died.
While police have not identified the victim, Robins and a number of others working in the area believe it was an older man in his late 60s, a regular at Robins’ restaurant, who may have been trying to help someone in need.
“It sounds like he was tricked into doing it, like somebody was asking for help jumping their car and he went to help out and that’s when it all went down,” he said.
Investigators spent hours collecting evidence from the scene and appeared to be reviewing video from surrounding surveillance cameras. No suspect or motive has been identified.
“It’s just incredibly sad. He’s a sweet old man, to have that happen, it’s crazy,” Robins said
A man named Chris was also on the scene, he was the first to find the victim in the vehicle. He says when he arrived he didn’t notice anyone else around or any suspicious vehicles in the area.
Denver police say it is an active investigation and will update as more information is uncovered.
Karen Morfitt Joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around metro Denver. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.