Video: Was 30th and Downing light-rail beating a drug deal gone wrong?
Update: Earlier this month, we reported about a light-rail attack caught on camera near 30th and Downing -- the third assault at such a station in the past few months. See our previous coverage below.
Photos, videos below.
The latest: Leopoldo Maes, 23, is the fifth and presumably final person to be arrested in conjunction with the case. However, the working theory about the incident reportedly suggests a drug deal gone wrong, with the victim of the pummeling, seen on video below, declining to cooperate with the investigation.
Here's footage of the September 18 attack on a man identified as Gregory Moscato, 23:
The assault, which followed crimes at light-rail stations in Lakewood and Arapahoe County in June, wasn't made public for weeks, and neither was the arrest of Daishawn Matthews shortly after it happened. Denver Police Chief Robert White subsequently apologized for the delay -- but information uncovered by CBS4 correspondent Brian Maass suggests a possible reason.
According to the broadcaster, Matthews's bust was followed by cuffings of three juveniles thought to have taken part in the offense. Then, on Friday, Leopoldo Maes, 23, was taken into custody and charged for his alleged role in the attack. Documents received by Westword show that he was jailed on suspicion of robbery and failure to appear on a previous warrant. His mug shot isn't being released at this time because interviews in the case are still ongoing.
Apparently, though, Moscato isn't involved in these conversations: Sources tell CBS4 that he isn't cooperating with the investigation. He's also taken down the Facebook page on which the image seen above was found earlier this month.
Why? Maass is told that the attack doesn't seem to be random, since Moscato appeared to know two of the people who eventually beat him to a pulp, leaving him motionless on the ground. Two police officials who spoke to CBS4 anonymously reportedly believe the six people involved may have been taking part in a drug transaction "that didn't pan out."
Does that mean the five people who beat Moscato will walk? Not necessarily. Denver District Attorney's Office spokesperson Lynn Kimbrough tells Maass that prosecutions can move forward even when victims won't lend a helping hand if there's other evidence of a crime.
Like, for instance, video of the attack.
Look below to see a 7News report on the =crime, aired shortly after the news broke. That's followed by our previous reporting.
Continue for our previous coverage of the light-rail station attack, including photos and video.