Light-rail-station crimes: What is RTD doing to prevent them?
Two high-profile crimes took place at metro-area light-rail stations within days of each other earlier this month -- and while several suspects have been busted in one of the cases, a robbery, the trio wanted for a stabbing at the other remain on the loose.
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Do these incidents reveal flaws in security at light rail stations? An RTD spokesman doesn't think so, but he stresses that the agency takes them seriously and is examining them closely to see if safety can be improved.
The first of the recent incidents took place around 5:40 a.m. on June 14 at the RTD 9 Mile Station, 3181 South Parker Road, in Arapahoe County. Four young African Americans and one Hispanic male approached the victim in a parking garage. They initially asked for his phone, after which one of the suspects whipped out a gun and demanded a wallet, too. Here's a look at two of the suspects as caught on surveillance cameras at the station....
...and this image depicts four members of the quintet:
Days after news agencies shared photos like these, four of the five suspects, all juveniles, were arrested. But an adult suspect is still wanted in the incident, and no busts have been announced regarding the second crime, which happened at Lakewood's Lamar light-rail station, 6363 West 13th Avenue in Lakewood, at approximately 2 a.m. on June 17.
In that instance, a couple was approached by three males who asked them for a cigarette. They'd tried to walk away, at which point the woman was stabbed from behind in the neck/shoulder area and the man was pepper sprayed. The attackers didn't ask for any money or items, making the attacks that much more senseless. Here's an image from that scene.
When asked if matters like these are becoming more common as light-rail ridership increases, RTD spokesman Scott Reeds says, "No, they're extremely rare. That's why I believe police are so concerned with how bold the individuals in these crimes have been."
That's especially true in the 9 Mile robbery, he continues. "It was in broad daylight, right around rush hour. There are often thousands of people who travel through that park-and-ride on any given day. So it's pretty amazing and fortunate that no one happened upon the robbery in progress. That could have complicated things."
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