Yesterday, in reporting about two metro-area shootings — a motorcyclist killed in Denver, a man dead in Northglenn — we noted the unfortunate correlation between warmer weather and violent crimes.
Tuesday night, that phenomenon reared its head again on the 16th Street Mall.
A stabbing took place on the iconic commercial strip, where a rash of attacks last summer raised concerns about the safety of the area, particularly at night.
In the latest case, two arrests have been made, according to the Denver Police Department.
Here's the DPD's initial 10:23 p.m. tweet about what went down around half an hour earlier, as well as an 11:48 p.m. followup with the bust info.
Update: 2 in custody after altercation w/ 3rd man near 16th/Welton. 1 suspect suffered cuts during altercation & was the party hospitalized.— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) April 5, 2016
This assault can't help recalling the aforementioned 2015 incidents.
Here's a quick recap.
About 8:30 p.m. on August 13, as we reported, a couple visiting from California (they were identified only as Mitch and his fiancée) were dining outdoors at the Rock Bottom Brewery, near the intersection of 16th and Arapahoe, when they saw a group of teens littering.
Criticism of this behavior led members of the group to attack the couple, with Mitch sustaining the worst injuries.
The following close-up offers an idea of the punishment Mitch received.
In addition, a Good Samaritan who tried to help was stabbed with a box cutter.
Fortunately, the latter person's injuries didn't prove life-threatening.
The DPD was subsequently rapped for a lag of fourteen minutes in responding to reports of the attack.
Moreover, five people detained for questioning about the rumble were ultimately released, and to our knowledge, no one was ever arrested or charged for the crime.
Later that month, another series of troubling offenses took place.
Just after midnight on August 30, two men stabbed a third on the 1500 block of California Street, just off the mall. No arrests were made in the immediate aftermath of the crime.
Then, at around 7:35 a.m. on August 31, Denver police say a crime spree got under way near 1500 Stout Street. That's when a man later identified as Jerry Odell allegedly told a woman, "You're so pretty," then demanded that she "give him a little something" before grabbing her in the area of her breasts and fleeing.
A short distance away, Odell was accused of grabbing the arm of another woman. After she broke free, she sought help from RTD security.
Victim number three was accosted in the lobby of the Rio Grande Lofts, at 1531 Stout.
The woman at the Rio Grande said Odell swept her into a bear hug and started licking her face.
Her initial attempts to get away from him were unsuccessful.
In addition, she said, he threw her phone to the floor and groped her breasts and below her waist.
He only stopped his attack after her screaming alerted someone else in the building to her peril, she added.
Still, the DPD says Odell wasn't finished.
A fourth victim was abused on the 1500 block of Champa Street; Odell allegedly held her to him, reached under her skirt and began "ramming her with his pelvis."
Before any more attacks could take place, cops finally located Odell and took him into custody.
Finally, on September 19, a woman was sexually assaulted on the 500 block of 16th Street, behind the Barnes & Noble outlet.
The DPD described the suspect as a white or Hispanic male. He was thin, stood about five feet, nine inches tall, wore his hair short, was approximately 25 years of age and likely answered to "Frank."
That's a lot of information — but again, we've been unable to find any public information that any such suspect was arrested or charged.
As noted above, the current crime is different; a thus-far-unnamed twosome was fitted with cuffs. Now, we just have to hope that the attack will be seen as an isolated incident and not the first in a new wave of crime on the 16th Street Mall.
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