CBS Denver, September 15, 2011
Police are asking for the public’s help tracking down a large group of violent teenagers.
They say 10 to 15 young people–described as black or Hispanic and both male and female–attacked four white men on the 16th Street Mall at about 10:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Denver police say the men were standing on the mall near Arapahoe when they were approached by the group. After a conversation, the group turned violent and they attacked the men.
“It’s really unclear as to what their motivation was–why such a large group of young people came together and assaulted these individuals,” said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson.
Authorities say the attacks could have been gang related or racially motivated.
In 2009 a similar series of attacks took place near downtown, on the 16th Street Mall and in surrounding areas. The victims were usually white or Hispanic and the suspects were black. Surveillance video captured one of the attacks on camera.
Many of those arrested in connection with the assaults were known to have ties with street gangs. Police said some or all of those attacks may have a kind of gang initation.