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2 teens arrested in assault on RTD train granted bond Friday

A total of 13 juveniles have been arrested in connection with assaults that occurred on Oct. 14 and Nov. 3.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Two juvenile girls arrested Monday in connection with an assault that occurred last month on an RTD train along the W Line in Lakewood have been granted bond.

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The girls and two juvenile boys were the latest arrested in connection with the attack.

The boys were arrested at Long View High School in Lakewood while the girls were arrested at McClain High School which shares a campus with Long View.

A total of 13 juveniles have now been arrested related to two separate attacks on the W Line which occurred in October and November.

>The video above is a prior story about the attacks.

The four latest arrests were made Monday in connection with a Nov. 3 attack. All four appeared in court Friday afternoon.

The victim, a 47-year-old man, suffered 11 facial fractures, according to prior court testimony. According to prosecutors, he required facial reconstruction surgery.

"He is terrified for his own safety and the pain and suffering he is going through right now is immeasurable," said prosecutor Tariq Sheikh about the victim during Friday's hearing. He said the victim opposed any bond.

Both girls, however, were granted personal recognizance bonds during the hearing but cannot be released unless an electronic home monitoring device is available. Both must also be under 24/7 line of sight supervision.

One of the girls is suspected of videotaping the attack and encouraging the others' actions, according to court testimony. She faces an additional charge of inciting a riot related to the Nov. 3 incident.

Both boys will remain in custody on no bond.

Seven juveniles, including those who appeared in court Friday, have been charged with second-degree assault in the Nov. 3 attack which happened around 2:45 p.m. on an eastbound RTD train between the Federal Center and Wadsworth Stations.

Rosemary Roberts said she witnessed that November attack.

“At first, they were just yelling and stuff until this one kid’s like, ‘you know what, I’m just going to get this started,'" she said. "He punches him and that’s when they all started ganging up on him.”

Editor's Note: This video of the attack shows graphic violence and could be disturbing to some viewers. 

Another man was attacked in a separate, prior incident which occurred Oct. 14 on an eastbound train at Garrison Station. The victim in that attack, a 45-year-old man, reported that the suspects pushed him out of the train at the West 13th Avenue and Garrison Street station.

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

During an earlier court hearing, the 45-year-old victim said he wanted the juveniles to be charged as adults because they attacked an adult.

Prosecutors alleged during that hearing that the incident was "part of a larger pattern of assaults on strangers purely for social media notoriety."

Nine juveniles are charged with second-degree assault in that attack.

Thirteen total juveniles have been arrested in connection with the two assaults. Four of them face charges or are charged related to both incidents.

Due to the suspects' ages, no names are being released.

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