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Denver Police looking for suspects in assault, robbery of street vendor

The man reported being attacked by three suspects in a school parking lot while loading his cart into his truck.

DENVER — Denver Police Department (DPD) is searching for three suspects involved in the reported assault and robbery of a man selling ice cream from a cart in the Montbello area last week.

The victim, 64-year-old Antonio Ramirez-Chavez, reported to DPD that he was loading his cart into his grey Dodge Caravan around 7:20 p.m in the parking lot of Florida Pitt Waller School, located at 21604 E. 51st Ave., on June 11 when three suspects in a dark green SUV of unknown make and model approached and assaulted him. 

Ramirez-Chavez told 9NEWS he had been out working for five hours in the sun and that the suspects stole $65 from him. He said the suspects were African American. 

Ramirez-Chavez is the only breadwinner for his family. His wife is disabled and she has a 9-year-old daughter who lives with them. 

Regardless of what happened to him, he said he still loves and appreciates the the Montbello community, where he has been selling paletas. Paletas are Mexican popsicles made with fresh fruit.

"It's a beautiful community," he said. "They've always helped me. Everyone knows me, they know I'm very respectful...I'm a peaceful guy."

The suspects caused serious injuries to Ramirez-Chavez during the assault before taking the money from his pocket and leaving in an unknown direction, according to DPD.

Credit: Courtesy Marychuy Robles

DPD said Ramirez-Chavez reported the incident the next night at DPD District 5 Station, where he was checked out by paramedics and encouraged to seek treatment at the hospital.

He did seek treatment at the hospital, and the officer who took the report gave the victim $70 of her own money, DPD said.

Credit: Courtesy Marychuy Robles

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Ramirez-Chavez.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers  

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or by visiting metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers are notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 

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