Video, photos: Four Occupy Denver protesters arrested for robbery

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Video, photos below.
Update: 3:47 p.m.: At this morning's court date, the bond rates for all five of those arrested near Civic Center Park last night increased, as did the crimes they are associated with. At the moment, all five are currently under investigation for second-degree assault and aggravated robbery. Caryn Sodaro, James Stacey and Michael Seymour face bonds that are now $75,000, while those of Daniel Newman and Kenny White are now at $50,000. The original post is below.

Update, 9:58 a.m.: Last night, as we report in detail below, four Occupy Denver protesters and one homeless man were arrested for suspicion of robbery.

Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson says the investigation began at approximately 7:47 p.m., when three protesters are alleged to have knocked down a skateboarder and taken his board on the 1500 block of Broadway.

During the period that ensued, Jackson says, the man was assaulted and incurred "serious bodily injury" on his face.

Officers were notified of the event when the man broke away and asked an RTD officer nearby to call the police. He then assisted in identifying his alleged attackers. It is currently unknown whether the man is still in the hospital.

Later, police officers were able to recover the man's skateboard inside Civic Center Park, which led to additional arrests. Because of the assault involved in the case, any of the five investigations might lead to aggravated robbery charges, though four of the individuals in question currently face only plain robbery. The decision about charging is up to the Denver District Attorney's office, Jackson says.

Below is the brief initial report:
Occupy Denver Robbery Report

Read our previous coverage below.

Original item, 7:07 a.m. March 16: Around 8 p.m. last night, police arrested four Occupy Denver protesters and one local homeless man on charges of robbery.

The cases come with the highest collective bond rates to date: For aggravated robbery, protester James Stacey faces a $50,000 bond, while Caryn Sodaro, Kenny White, Daniel Newman and Michael Seymour face general robbery charges with $10,000 bonds.

All five are expected in courtroom 2300 of the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center at 10 a.m.

Thus far, little of the background story behind the cases has been divulged. According to protester Benjamin Dolon, approximately fifteen police officers visited Civic Center Park and the surrounding area at 8 and left by 8:30 p.m. During that time, they sat White, Newman and Stacey down on the sidewalk before taking them into custody. While doing so, the officers noticed Sodaro's presence at the scene and also removed her from the area. When asked about the charges or case information for the four protesters arrested, the police officers present did not divulge any details.

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Courtesy of Joshua Wilson
Kenny White, James Stacey and Daniel Newman await arrest.
Sodaro's arrest took place catty-corner from the park -- near the Subway on Colfax, where she was standing on the steps. Protester Tanner Spendley, who was talking with Sodaro at the time, was ordered to move away from her immediately. At that point, point officers approached Sodaro and pulled her into custody.

Spendley shot the following video of the events:

Page down to see the video and more photos, and to read additional arrest coverage:

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Trina
Trina

This isn't Occupy Denver anymore. Please stop calling it that and call these people by their correct name, criminals. The credible people who were vital to launching and sustaining the early movement here have distanced themselves from the mentally unstable people who are left. You no longer see .... OK, I won't call names, because it'll just get the leftover vagrants and sociopaths names of people to attack on Twitter and in comments sections. Protests always attract a certain percentage of anarchists and fools who kill the public support for the movement. Ask the Tea Party.

Local hero
Local hero

Occupy Denver just looks like a bunch of crackheads... Only see drug deals and crackheads with no one protesting in front of the capital. What a joke! Losers for trying to take a kids skateboard also because why?

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

Oh wait for what? RTD ? They keep blocking the streets. They need to stop blocking the street. Do something besides block the street. On corruption with the Police Union, the Union is legal. The real corruption is with the Media Relations Bureau of the Denver Police and the fact that Chief John Lamb got demoted instead of fired and that brings us full circle, why did John Lamb get promoted when Gerald Whitman knew he was corrupt when he promoted him.So what does that say about Gerald Whitman?

                    http://guardian.co.uk/phonehac...

Train
Train

Every time I walk by the occupiers, the majority of them are sitting on their asses, rolling joints, itching their crabs, and being totally worthless.  The park was much nicer when it was just the drug dealers and homeless people.

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

I blew my  cover when I rode my skateboard in circles around Denver Copwatch blocking the streets and going online "where's the leadership of the city, John Hickenlooper and the mayor live just a couple minutes away, they should be out here with loudspeakers shouting you have five minutes to clear the streets or you will be ticketed"......and so what happened is a gang of vagrants from Occupy  and Denver Copwatch brutally beat up a skateboarder thinking he was me.Way to go Denver Copwatch and Occupy Denver, you beat up the wrong skateboarder that didn't use the 1st amendment and kept his mouth shut and was only riding his skateboard.While the skateboarder that did use the 1st amendment on his computer got Exploit: JS/Blacole. DD you shut me down and now I'm back online YOU BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF THE WRONG SKATEBOARDER DENVER COPWATCH and OCCUPY DENVER! 

BenjaminOccupy
BenjaminOccupy

We never asked the City to spend money on us. Your logic is really warped brother.

Oiyuyyuiyioy
Oiyuyyuiyioy

I love this. From the Occupy Denver Facebook page. Ya see, it's not Occupy's fault, not the thugs who get arrested for dumb shit's fault, not the scaby's fault, it's, uh, our fault.

Occupy Denver To all you nay-sayers out there: So you feel like #Occupy has gone astray or even failed all together? If that is so, then it is because YOU have failed it 

Ha Ha
Ha Ha

Remember, "The world is watching Oakland"? 

Well, now the world is watching Denver. Way to go.

Pathetic.

I wonder if they were jealous Corey was getting to sleep in a bed and have sex with men at the jail.

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

I'll take anyone's bet that this "robbery" never makes it to convictions.  Now I need to nail my door shut, because I just illegally made a bet.  It's like that now.

Benjamin
Benjamin

This was posted in the Occupy Denver Facebook page by "Charles Gleason" aka Corey Donahue : "All bonds are at 50 k or higher... Caryn Sodaro  D.A wants ag. Robbery, and 2nd assault Hers is 75k .....Jimmy is robbery, 75 k ...Danny is robbery,  50 k bond D.A. wants ag. Robbery and 2nd assault for him too ....Kenny is 50 k  ag. Robbery"

Guest
Guest

let me get this straight. these morons go and beat the shit out of someone who would probably be a supporter( i don't know of many 1%'s who ride their board though the park ) of OD. no wonder public support has dissapeared. GO AWAY SCUMBAGS!!!! YOU ARE RUINING THIS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTALLY TRYING TO DO SOMETHING( i mean besides get high in the park and smell like shit)

Benjamin
Benjamin

Yep. Childish anarchists killed off Occupy Denver. That "F the cops" was a brilliant idea. Now it will be called "Occupy a jail cell" or "Occupy a correctional facility" ...Thank you DPD for ridding and cleansing Occupy Denver of these losers.

Ha Ha
Ha Ha

Another shining example of fine citizenry. Anyone google Caryn Sodaro yet? She's bonafide and certified Occupy material. Like Corey Nuttapper, she won't quit until she gets an all-expense-paid vacation to Canon City, that's my guess. Good luck with that.

Go, DPD, go!
Go, DPD, go!

This is great news. More, please. It would be great to walk past Civic Center Park and not have to deal with these loud, scabies-infected potheads. The park belongs to everybody, not just creeps.

Mike DeVault
Mike DeVault

How's that "fuck the cops" thing working for you now? Maybe it's time to occupy a JOB instead of wasting my hard earned tax dollars.

Benjamin
Benjamin

Unfortunately the admins of the Occupy Denver facebook page have made no effort whatsoever to distance themselves from the anarchists. If you suggest it to them they will call you a "troll" who is set out to destroy Occupy Denver. Hell, I am telling them how to save it! They still are asking people for bail money for these moron losers on that facebook page, I do not understand why they would bail out people who already have had failure to appear warrants issued for them i.e Caryn Sodaro and James Stacey. Why waste people's money on losers who don't show up for court?http://www.denvergov.org/offen...

Benjamin
Benjamin

 You are suggesting that they beat and robbed this kid because they thought he was an infiltrating snitch? Interesting. Read this thread from back in December where they accuse "Rob" of being a snitch. They are one paranoid bunch. http://blogs.westword.com/late...

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

You asked the city to spend money on you (the police) when you stayed in the park past curfew, blocked transportation and set fires. I am no fan of the governor.I am no fan of the mayor.I am no fan of the Clerk and Recorder.I am no fan of RTD.Get out of the street so I can go to work.

Benjamin
Benjamin

 No. The faceless anonymous admins for the facebook page "Occupy Denver" cover for, provide excuses for, squash dissenting opinions regarding theses fools, collect bond money for these immature fools. YOU have FAILED the OWS movement Occupy DENVER!

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

That's what they get for beating the shit out of the wrong skateboarder.

Oh by the way. I am the only skateboarder the Denver Police allow to do stunts on the 16th St mall.

Come down to The Pavilions and see me. I am the 425 lb skateboarder that at high speed when I come to the set of 15 steps slams down hard on the back of the skateboard with my right foot and go airborne. The skateboard does a perfect 360 and lands squarely on the bottom of my feet and I make a perfect landing on the 16th street mall with a Big Mac in my right hand and a Twinkie in my left hand. I accept tips.

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

Go easy on Kelsey.She took a bullet in the ass covering Occupy.I commend her courage, she is still on the job.I know a former Grand Junction police officer that got shot in the ass while on the job.His family forced him to quit the police department.He now works at Dennys.True story.

BenjaminOccupy
BenjaminOccupy

I think you have a lot of hate for an organization considering that you never actually have participated in anything remotely interesting. You sit online and complain all day without the merit of a single idea exchange. You are the loser. I laugh at you. Try Occupying a Life. Childish.

Guesto
Guesto

agent provocateurs , who reaches into a cop car and doesn't get shot? The CIA 

Monkeyslang
Monkeyslang

How's that not giving a shit about absolute injustice thing going for you? Having fun while the world crumbles around you? Luckily in history none will know your name.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Mike, you pay taxes, good for you! You financially support terrorism here and around the world with you tax dollars.  I figure that would be a bigger wast of your hard earned tax dollars.  But hey if you think helping to kill poor people around the world and subjugating your fellow man right here in Colorado is a good allocation of you hard earned tax dollars then by all means keep giving to the largest terrorist organization in the world. 

Also it's "fuck the police" not "fuck the cops" Eazy-E is rolling in his motherfucking grave right now.

Prado
Prado

Hey Mike, as an employed Occupy Denver supporter, I'm more annoyed that the DPD and the City of Denver has wasted over $1 million of my hard-earned tax dollars having to settle cases of police brutality and misconduct. I'm even more annoyed that they are making a decision to continue wasting my tax dollars by harassing homeless people and people trying to exercise their first amendment rights. 

I'm sure many of the people down there without jobs would love to have one. FYI - the unemployment rate in Colorado is still nearly 8%.

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

If the Colorado State Patrol and the Denver Police gave up babysitting these anarchists, vagants and vandals for sure would run through the State Capitol setting fires and assaulting politicians.

For now, they beat up a skateboarder because they probably thought he was the skateboarder that exercised his right to free speech online.

BenjaminOccupy
BenjaminOccupy

They are not faceless or anonymous. If you came to a meeting instead of internet trolling you would know that. However your acts of courage are strictly limited to keyboard heroism apparently. Let me know how that works out for you in the long run of history.

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

Oh BEN COOK/LASSER what does it say about YOU that you spend all the live long day on Occupy Denver's facebook page making stupid comments....and you get overheated when this sort of thing happens so you comment at westword as well.  Your spelling of "scabys" is shameful, and your trolling SHOULD make you KNOW that ONE person had scabies a MONTH ago, was treated and got rid of them and did not have them at the time of his scabies arrest at the park.  There must be thousands of people currently with scabies in Denver, and you dont see the media and police in front of all thoses houses do ya?  I hope your nipples turn into agonizing poison. damn you.  (strong comment/thanks).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

BenjaminOccupy
BenjaminOccupy

What bothers me is you have no vested interest to the implications of why the DA took special interest to add investigation charges personally, all of which of course are fabricated. But hey, asking questions does not seem to be a strong suit of either of you, but rather, accusatory and vague statements are.

Benjamin
Benjamin

We have lives that why we don't spend 24/7 down at Civic Center Park...maybe if you had one you would do something real and tangible with it. 

Train
Train

Some of those tax dollars are going to pay for your court-appointed attorney because your buddies can't afford to keep bailing your dumb ass out anymore.  By all means, feel free to represent yourself this next go-round and direct those funds to someone who really needs them.

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

We got a bunch of wanabe Dictators these days within Occupy and Anonymous and you are one of them.You make a Geneva War Crimes case out of a petty-offense of riding a skateboard on the sidewalk and these cops that arrested the  Occupy Vagrants and Vandals.Go smoke your meds and mellow out.

Please Google: RTD Light Rail Train Crash

Mike DeVault
Mike DeVault

Corey, I fully support the men and women in our military. If you don’t like it here then get the fuck out! Take Eazy-E with you too please.

Benjamin
Benjamin

Hey Cory, looks like you could be doing 5yrs for 2nd degree assault on a police officer. Not to worry though Thunderdomers, Corey and Pat will still be able to serve food in prison.

Guest
Guest

Corey, Corey, Corey...do you mean "Fuck the police" that DIDN'T blow your teeth out of the back of your head when you made the dumb fuck move of the century and reached into the patrol car the officer occupied, while screaming that you were going to 'kill their families"? I mean, c'mon, dude, really? I'm not a fan of DPD, trust me. But you gotta be shit-fuck STUPID if you're trying to provoke one of them to shoot you. Have you had your head up your ass for the last 30 years? Denver police WILL shoot you, it's the one thing they're EXCEPTIONAL at, shooting people. Armed, unarmed, pop can, cell phone, ham sandwich, steak knife, they WILL blow you away, they've proven it time and time again. And then they'll make up whatever story fits the evidence to justify it. And for what? A cell phone, and some video? And that's another thing, if you're gonna film the cops, don't fucking ADVERTISE it, dipshits! Be a little more surreptitious about it, they're more likely to misbehave if they do not know they're being filmed, and you are more likely to get away with decent evidence of that misbehavior if you keep that shit on the downlow. What do you have now? No phone, no film, a few more felony arrests on your record, (and they do NOT go away, EVER! You may not be charged, but the arrest will ALWAYS state you were clipped for a felony!), and that's it! Spend some dough and get a pen camera, it clips in your pocket and has 4 gig flash memory to record to, and no one will ever know you have it. Sure it's illegal for them to stop you from filming them, just ask the ABC reporter that got shoved off the sidewalk at the DNC about the injustice of DPD fucking up our constitutional rights. Ask him if there was any resolution to that. Fuck no, of course there wasn't! This criminal organization has stopped at NOTHING to deny the civil rights of thousands of people, they've KILLED unarmed citizens, with zero justification, and gotten paid vacations for their efforts, and you think they'll hold back because they see a camera? Give me a fucking break!  I'd hate to be walking the streets in your shoes, buddy. These guys kill anyone they want at will, it's why I stay a fuck of a long way away from Denver county. I'd suggest you grow eyes in the back of your head, because you threatened to kill these guys FAMILIES, that pretty much puts you on anybodys  death list right there, cop or not. Good luck, genius. Glad I'm not you.

Rudowsky
Rudowsky

Hey, Corey, how's the nut-tapping going in jail?

Mike DeVault
Mike DeVault

Really Prado? A local radio station went down there live on the radio and offered anyone willing to work a job, guess how many occupiers took them up on it? Zero! Not one of them would get off their ass and go to work.

Benjamin
Benjamin

And this is coming from person using the name BenjaminOccupy , lol, let me know how it works out for you - wait, I have the answer! It isn't working for you!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

JT did more functional investigation of the JonBenet murder than the Boulder police did.

HTH

Benjamin
Benjamin

JT Colfax aka John Michael Thompson, you still obsessed with JonBenet and taking "artistic pictures of dead people - Now BenjaminOccupy, this is really creepy! JT Colfax is so obsessed with JonBenet Ramsey that he staked out the Ramsey's former home and spent 2yrs in jail for trying to burn the Ramsey's house down. By the way, my real name is Benjamin and my last name is not Lasser

http://enquirer.com/editions/2... 

http://www.westword.com/1999-1... 

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http://ode2colfax.tripod.com/r...

Guesto
Guesto

Laura ... Khiro ... 

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

I don't know Corey, never met him.The first thing he did when he got out of jail was go online and say "fuck the police"and justified his comment that the police are responsible for  War Crimes. Well isn't that just dandy; the Dictator Corey Donahue knows who the war criminals are and goes out in the street and goes crazy on the war criminals in their police car.I ride a skateboard too and have commented as such about the streets being blocked by protests and so that is why this skateboarder was attacked and beaten up, because the vagrants and vandals profiled the skateboarder as me and guilty of war crimes too. You guys should all become cops and get the right skateboarder next time instead of the one that didn't make a comment online about you guys blocking the streets and is not guilty of war crimes either in accordance with the Geneva Convention skateboarding is not a war crime, it is a petty-offense riding on the sidewalk enjoying freedom  unlike those vagrants and vandals blocking the sidewalk 24 hours a day.

BenjaminOccupy
BenjaminOccupy

Have you considered that it didn't happen and it's fabricated? Perhaps that would be beyond anything you ever imagined. A corrupt public official trying to incarcerate protestors with trumped up and made up charges. 

Who would have thought that Denver shows its true face and the people take it's corrupt side.

Benjamin
Benjamin

lol, you're stupid and smell bad and have scabies cooties so there, lol

Benjamin
Benjamin

Tell us you real name and story and you might be credible...talk about who the troll is...by the way I was there for everything but the last eviction, which I am glad I missed because you guys are just plain stupid. You lucked out is all. Do I hate you anarchist juvenile idiots, yeah I sure do. Talk about twisted bitter souls, I believe that description best fits you morons.

BenjaminOccupy
BenjaminOccupy

How would you know? You're never there.

Ask me about the time I went to jail for a month for fabricated charges and was released due to evidence that I had to get to a DA. 

You try to speak as if you know, but I know that you do not know. You don't know anything except that you're a twisted bitter soul that has never enlightened a single person and remains an insular alienating hater. You're on the wrong side of the fence and I'm sure it's killing you.

Benjamin
Benjamin

 Other than pepperball welts, minor bruises and scrapes Occupy Denver has not experienced any REAL police brutality.

Prado
Prado

Can you provide a link to a story or the show in question to back that up? I actually find it pretty hard to believe unless it was some right wing radio station trying to score some political point about the movement. 

Benjamin
Benjamin

This comment sums up what is left of Occupy Denver, childish anarchist morons. And they expect you to show up in droves this summer to support them.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

I've got a job for you Mike ...

... it pays $20 ...

... open wide.

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