Martin Trusty busted for Santa Fe arts district murder, debate over area's safety (62)
Now, 48-year-old Martin Trusty has been arrested in relation to the crime, which has prompted a debate about the safety of the area at times other than First Fridays.
As we've reported, Brown, who'd previously made headlines in 2011 for allegedly stealing a truck while its owner was sleeping in the back, was assaulted outside Rakun, which Westword presented with the 2012 Best of Denver award as "Best Santa Fe Drive Boutique." He subsequently died of his injuries.
Rakun may seem like an improbable place for a violent crime to take place, but one reader argues otherwise in a post that we featured as a recent Comment of the Day. It reads:
A photo from Rakun's Facebook page.
I live in this neighborhood, and while yes it can be charming...it can turn quite scary in an instant.... The establishments in the area only feed the problem, but what is more alarming is that the police only seem to clean up the mess once one has been made.Adds another reader:
Despite regularly stopping at the 7-11 to fill up on whatever Denver's finest fill up on, the police fail to dissuade these groups of homeless men from forming, getting ridiculously intoxicated, and then proceeding to do what any group of drunk males do...fight.
I'm not advocating for a police state, but there are three schools, four churches, and six day cares in walking distance of this place. And as everyone knows, many of Denver's homeless suffer from untreated mental illnesses. This is a recipe for disaster: so no I am not shocked this happened.
It seems that the city could care less that these groups use Sante Fe as their open air bar, brothel, and bathroom. That is unless, its First Friday, when they help us sweep it under the rug so mom and dad won't see. For all that the Sante Fe Art District offers to the city, it would be nice if the city's brass would offer a little back.
I've got to agree 100% with you. I'm in the Baker neighborhood, and am often embarrassed by the Santa Fe strip. For a supposed success story, the neighborhood looks terrible during the day. The buildings are more dilapidated than not, the homeless population is huge, and it's not the type of place that anyone would want to be other than on First Friday. Baker has been constantly on the edge of "breaking out," but I'm afraid I just don't see it happening as long as Santa Fe lags so far behind the development on Broadway.Against this backdrop, the Denver Police Department zeroed in on Trusty (he's reportedly had plenty of past run-ins with the law, mainly in relation to burglary and drugs) as a suspect in the Brown slaying, releasing a crime alert. And early on February 23, officers took Trusty into custody. He's being held for investigation of first-degree murder.
This arrest will likely cause folks in the Santa Fe arts district to breathe easier. But that doesn't mean the discussion about dangers in the area is over. Here's a larger look at Trusty's booking photo.
Continue to read our previous coverage about the murder of Darwin Brown.