Does Good Times Stabbing Show E. Colfax, Capitol Hill Aren't Safe After Midnight?

The Denver Police Department is currently on the lookout for the man captured in surveillance images shared here.

The suspect is considered dangerous for a very good reason.

He's though to have randomly stabbed an employee at an East Colfax Good Times restaurant in the eye with a switchblade.

But beyond this single incident is the question of what, if anything, the crime symbolizes.

One local believes it demonstrates that during the wee hours of the morning, Capitol Hill and East Colfax aren't safe.

According to the DPD, the incident took place around 4 a.m. on February 7 at the Good Times branch on the 800 block of East Colfax.

 What led to the stabbing at the restaurant's walk-up window? CBS4 fills in the gaps.

The station notes that the man in question demanded free food, and after he was rejected, he whipped out a switchblade and cut the worker who delivered the bad news in the eye.

The victim is described as an "ex-employee" — the implication being that the attack caused him to reconsider the gig.

In the days that followed, the DPD shared surveillance photos of the suspect, including this one....

...and this one....

...and a larger version of the shot at the top of this post:

He's described as an African-American male in his twenties, standing approximately six feet in height. On the morning in question, he wore a brown hooded jacket marked by a snowflake print along with blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Among those CBS4 quizzed about the incident was Gregory Thomas, who's lived in the area for a long time.

In Thomas's view, "Anywhere within a four-block radius of the Capitol is dangerous for anybody or everybody."

That's especially true during the wee hours, Thomas went on. "Don't be out here at 3 o'clock in the morning unless you're buying drugs or selling drugs," he warned. "That's all who's out here."

If you have any information about the crime or suspect, you're encouraged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, which is offering a reward of up to $2,000 in the case. The number to dial is 720-913-STOP (7867). Look below to see the CBS4 report.

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