Nine charged in robberies, assaults; 2 accused of hate crimes

6:40 PM, Nov 24, 2009   |    comments
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The Denver District Attorney's office says these are the first of more than two dozen cases expected to be filed this week.

Two of the nine people, 18-year-old Kendall Austin and 18-year-old Clarissa Lockhart, are charged with a bias-motivated crime, also known as a hate crime. They also face attempted robbery and third-degree assault charges in connection with an incident on Sept. 4 when investigators say they attacked two men at 16th and Welton Streets.

Ashley Celestine, 17, and Rodney Christopher, 18, are charged with aggravated robbery and first-degree assault in connection with an incident on Nov. 9 at 1550 Broadway. Investigators say the two attacked a 25-year-old man from behind, knocking him unconscious, violently assaulted him and stole his cell phone.

Kavean McCloud, 17, and Alexander Bunting, 18, are charged with first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault in a Sept. 6 incident. Investigators say McCloud assaulted a 24-year-old man on the corner of 17th and Market Streets as part of an initiation process encouraged by Bunting. The victim in the attack suffered a skull fracture.

Nyeri Goff, 18, Landae Woods-King, 21, and Tabias Graves, 18, are charged with attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit attempted robbery and third-degree assault in an Aug. 11 incident at 30th Avenue and Downing Street. Investigators say the three attacked a man at a bus station and tried to rob him.

All of the nine people are in custody at the Denver County Jail on $1 million bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday morning.

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