Man on video in violent 16th Street Mall attack speaks out

DENVER -- The video of a man swinging a long pipe and hitting people on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver caught the attention of residents and city leaders.

On Wednesday night, the attacker spoke out for the first time. The incident was one of several that prompted Mayor Michael Hancock and police Chief Robert White to speak out against violence at the popular destination, and vowed to improve security.

Clarence Seeley, 32, is currently in Denver jail for the attack and agreed to share his side of the story.

He said it was in self-defense after a man threatened him with a knife. He also was not taking his medication for paranoia and schizophrenia at the time.

“It makes me feel sad that it had to happen like that or that I actually hurt people," Seeley said. “I’m sorry. I didn’t come here for nothing like that. I love Denver."

Seeley is what police have called an urban "traveler," homeless people who are moving to Denver from out of state in search of legal marijuana. Seeley said he moved to Denver recently after losing his construction job in Kansas. He is facing one charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

“If I was on my medication, then I would have never done that I believe," he said. "People should know that it’s not me coming here trying to be a terrorist trying to be mean to people, trying to hurt somebody.”