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2 plead guilty in Lakewood RTD attacks

Charges are still pending against 11 other juveniles after two attacks last fall in Lakewood.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Two of more than a dozen juveniles charged in connection with attacks on RTD's W line in Lakewood last fall have pleaded guilty.

A total of 13 juveniles were charged in connection with an attack on Oct. 14, 2021. Seven juveniles were charged in connection with a second attack Nov. 3, with four of those seven charged in both attacks, according to court records.

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A juvenile male pleaded guilty this week to second-degree assault and menacing related to the Oct. 14 attack. He's set to be sentenced in April.

A juvenile girl who faced a second-degree assault charge for the Nov. 3 attack also pleaded guilty last week. Details of that plea are not known, but she's set to be sentenced at the end of March.

A 45-year-old man was the victim of a random attack by a group of teens while riding the RTD light rail train on Oct. 14, according to Jefferson County prosecutors. The victim reported the suspects pushed him out of the train at the West 13th Avenue and Garrison Street station.

An Lakewood Police Department officer who was conducting an extra patrol at that time was flagged down to respond. The victim was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital and treated for serious injuries.

On Nov. 3, a 47-year-old man was attacked and suffered 11 facial fractures, according to court testimony.

Prosecutors previously alleged in court that the incidents were "part of a larger pattern of assaults on strangers purely for social media notoriety."

Last month, Lakewood Police said they believed that several other people might have been victimized by these juveniles on the light rail between late August and early November of last year.

Detectives also believe the same group of juveniles might be responsible for vandalizing and causing damage to the light rail.

The department asked that anyone with information about the attacks or vandalism, or other similar incidents, to come forward.

They can call Detective Paisley at 303-987-7025 or email at bripai@lakewoodco.org and reference Lakewood PD cases LK22-032074, LK22-033938, and LK23-000298.   

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