Light-rail-station crimes: What is RTD doing to prevent them?

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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.

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....

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...and this image depicts four members of the quintet:

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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.

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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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WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

I'd sooner streak naked through Aurora than ride the RTD.

 RTD is the where the dregs of society have their transportation  subsidized by taxpayers, so they can head downtown to harass and rob the tourists and working people of this city.

FosterPierce
FosterPierce

Do these incidents reveal flaws in security at light rail stations?

I have other questions about ridership and a system that could work for more people than on the horizon.

With heavier ridership, a safety in numbers component would kick in, so acts of isolated violence would be greatly reduced.And how do we increase ridership?Offer what L.A. metro does: a 24-hour $5 dollar unlimited riding pass.

Why can’t RTD do that?And why can’t it provide adequate parking at each rail stop?Because they didn’t and couldn’t factor in such costs when they sold metro voters on a tax to pay for light rail to begin with; they had to make it as “affordable” as they could without being drowned out by the libertarian noise machine in Colorado.

What kind of system would we have today if the RTD tax for light rail had been doubled?It would be a more efficient system that works for more people, including folks in Boulder/Longmont, and could afford the hiring of more security guards.Instead, we can thank the winners at the Independence Institute for scaring RTD into producing the half-baked system we have and are still developing.


channing_one
channing_one

A friend of mine was robbed at gunpoint on 10th and Osage and it didnt make the news. Makes you wonder how often these things happen.

BlondyVanWeirden
BlondyVanWeirden

RTD hires gun packin' security guards to make sure that everyone pays the fare, but if an RTD patron needs assistance or protection, these security guards are not able to help...they will tell you that fact.  Likewise, the Light Rail stations are designed to make us sitting ducks.  If a gang of thugs went after those of us who use the Colorado Station, we would have no means of escape.  The elevator rarely works and the double flight of stairs are built at a 60° angle.  Only an Olympic athlete would be able to outrun them.  (Then there is the situation with the rat population at that station.)

Kurt Wildforster
Kurt Wildforster

Oh I'm sorry, how foolish of me. I didn't realize a PhD of logic was in on the conversation. Those no guns (or knives or any kind of weapon) signs clearly help. I mean, this would totally still be a story if these attacks, which CLEARLY don't involve overwhelming numbers/weapons, didn't happen, right? Maybe we should just put up a sign that says "Please don't mug our passengers because they're not armed". Signs fix everything. Just because someone carries a gun doesn't mean we're having a gun fight. Have you ever heard of a deterrence? I know RTD hasn't, because criminals see a sign that says no weapons and they think "Oh man this place is full of suckers who can't protect themselves." So you feel safe with your no weapons allowed sign. Idiot.

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

There is no reason for RTD to do anything. Ask any democrat and the solution is to shit and piss yourself and hopefully they will just go away.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Yes. Nothing like a good ole fashioned wild west shootout at a transit stop to make us all feel "safer." Idiot.

Jevan Russell
Jevan Russell

No. And I think the RTD and the cities in the metro area all should pitch in to help pay for security. Public transportation helps decongest our highways and gridlock which equates to more production hours at the work place. Which then equal higher revenues for the private and public sector which is why the city should help pay to ensure ppl's security when electing to ride public transportation.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

What is RTD doing to prevent them?

Strongly encouraging people to drive, instead?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What is Government doing to prevent bad journalism at WW ??


CloudGang
CloudGang

We are on the brink of chaos.....

when it happens I will have a chain on my neck full of police badges.

I will lower crime.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Better surveillance cameras at ALL stations !

Give the police a chance to actually SEE the assailants !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@channing_one 

Obvious Answer -- more than are reported in the Media.

HipTip: you can request a Total Armed Robbery statistic from the DPD

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kurt Wildforster ... a True Gun-totting Patriot would ignore those signs.


beekerhater
beekerhater

You can be a victim that's your choice but to deny others who don't want to just lay down and die is wrong. Having safe places for thugs to rob and kill is stupid. Idiot

CloudGang
CloudGang

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kurt Wildforster ... because armed robbery never happens in places where citizens are allowed to carry firearms.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Kurt Wildforster <--------

WW's latest  guy TRYING to be funny .........

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Jevan Russell  

Creates more jobs for those who like carrying around handguns .....!

Cup 1/2 full ..........

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... ARM the cameras with remote controlled remote-fire .45 acp capacity -- armed drone cameras -- so they can take out the perps without leaving their cubicle.

BlondyVanWeirden
BlondyVanWeirden

@DonkeyHotay @BlondyVanWeirden I don't anymore...it is far too dangerous to ride the Light Rail no matter what time of day or night it is.  I commuted into downtown from the Colorado Station for a few years up until this last January.  Between the crime on the train, the crime, the barf, the trash and the rats at the filthy station, and the fact that a security guard advised me that he was there only for fare enforcement, I decided that RTD = Reason To Drive.  (Oh...I forgot to mention the dirty dookie diapers that the young gang moms leave under the seats to fume-up the Light Rail cars are a real bonus.)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CloudGang ... how many Pistols did Benjamin Franklin pack?

Did he even FIGHT in the Revolution, or cower from the safety of FRANCE!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@CloudGang  

It's kinda' like w/ gun restrictions .

I'd rather deal w/ the criminals than

MORE F'N GOVERNMENT !!!!!!!!!!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay      @Juan_Leg ... " ARM the cameras with remote controlled remote-fire .45 acp capacity -- armed drone cameras -- so they can take out the perps without leaving their cubicle... "

Only in a 'perfect' world ....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BlondyVanWeirden "the dirty dookie diapers that the young gang moms leave under the seats to fume-up the Light Rail cars are a real bonus"

LOL!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@CloudGang  

I need at LEAST 3 .

1 - Denver county Sheriff Dept

2 - Arapahoe county Sheriff Dept

3 - The satellite providing the AREA w/ propaganda laced television programming  

 

CloudGang
CloudGang

can I have one, donkey?@DonkeyHotay 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... apparently, U$ Foreign Policy considers Afghanistan and Pakistan to be "perfect worlds".


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