Two high-profile crimes have taken place at metro-area light rail stations in recent days.
And while three suspects who stabbed and pepper sprayed a Lakewood couple that walked away after being asked for a cigarette remain at large right now, four out of five teens suspected of robbing a man with the assistance of a gun at an Arapahoe County station are currently in custody -- and the multitude of surveillance cameras at such facilities is a big reason why they were nabbed so promptly.
As we noted in our original coverage, on view below, images of the five were captured just shy of 6 a.m. at the 9 Mile Station on South Parker Road.
Here's a larger look at the quintet entering one section of the station:
After robbing the victim in the parking garage area of the station and splitting, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office issued stills and video footage of the group and asked for the public's assistance in bringing them to justice -- and they got it.
According to the ACSO, four of the five suspects were taken into custody. Their names haven't been released due to their ages; they've been identified only as four juvenile males.
Each has been charged with aggravated robbery, a class 3 felony. They were also gifted with a $50,000 bond.
The fifth suspect identified by police is an adult. However, further info about him is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.
In the meantime, Undersheriff David Walcher issued the following statement about the busts to date: "Due to the cooperation of Crime Stoppers and our law enforcement partners, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office made these arrests very quickly and will continue to attempt to apprehend the fifth suspect as soon as possible."
Maybe attempting a stick-up in an area with as many cameras as some TV studios wasn't such a brilliant idea after all. Here's a 9News clip about the arrests, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage of the armed robbery at the Arapahoe County light rail station, including photos and video. Original post, 9:50 a.m. June 19: Light rail stations may strike those with a criminal inclination as great places for rip-offs. But they actually present a high-risk/low-reward scenario, since the potential booty typically consists of a wallet, purse or bag that must be snatched while in the lens of multiple security cameras. As evidence, consider a robbery that took place on Friday at a light-rail station on Parker Road. The five thieves (at least one of whom was armed) didn't exactly get away with a king's ransom, and they're now in the public eye via photos and a video on view below.
According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, the five suspects -- four African Americans and one Hispanic, all male -- either got up early or stayed up late in order to perpetrate their heist. The crime took place RTD 9 Mile Station, 3181 South Parker Road, on June 14 at 5:40 a.m.
This image shows two suspects along the tracks....
The men approached the victim in a parking garage. They initially asked for his phone, after which one of the suspects whipped out a gun and demanded a wallet, too.
The following photo shows the victim from behind with two of the suspects:
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Afterward, the five took off in what's described as a 1990s green-over-silver Dodge Ram truck with a green topper and paint oxidation on the roof and the hood. This shot shows their ride: If you recognize these guys or the vehicle, you're encouraged to phone Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). In the meantime, check out this 7News report, which features the video from which the images above were culled.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Dominique Redwood tracked to light-rail sex assault after selling victim's cell phone."