The latter scenario helps explain why Denver cops want to talk to the woman seen here and in a larger photo below -- and they'd like to chat with a companion who allegedly participated in the beating, too. Continue for details, a larger version of this photo and more.
According to the Denver Police Department, the incident took place at around 8:30 a.m. on August 28 at a Circle K located on the 1300 block of West Colfax, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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What happened? The DPD maintains that the aforementioned woman "made comments related to the sexual orientation of two young male patrons of the store." But that wasn't the end of the story.
After the two men left the store on foot, the woman is said to have followed them in a mid-sized gold Chevy truck, stopped the truck in the street, dismounted along with an unknown male suspect and then joined him in assaulting one of the customers.
The arrival of several witnesses appears to have stopped this act of violence and prompted the man and woman to flee in the truck. Apparently none of them got a good look at the vehicle's license plate, however.
If you recognize this woman or know anything else about this affront, you're encouraged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867), which is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information. Here's a full-size look at the surveillance image.
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