Chief White: Police waited too long to release video of light rail beating
DENVER — Denver Police Chief Robert White admitted Tuesday that investigators waited too long to release details about a beating of a man at a light rail station in the Five Points neighborhood last month.
The attack and robbery happened Sept. 18. Police said at least five men kicked and punched the 23-year-old victim at the station at East 30th Avenue and North Downing Street.
Surveillance video captured the attack, but police did not issue a crime bulletin until Monday.
White said investigators had a witness in the case and wanted to have them independently verify potential suspects without having seen photographs on local news.
“It makes the case a little stronger if they can do that independently,” White said. “The desire is to balance notifying the community with trying to close the case.”
However, White admitted, “In hindsight we absolutely should have released this information earlier to the community.”
White said releasing photos of the attackers could have helped investigators identify them more easily and telling the public about the attack allows individuals to be more cautious.
One person has been arrested in the case and another is being considered a person of interest.
White said detectives did good work to make an arrest. “All of this was done with the best of intentions,” White said.
The victim was knocked unconscious and had several head injuries. Police said the suspects took his wallet, which had about $600.
Police are still asking for information for the case. Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers website or by calling 720-913-7867.