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5 men rob RTD commuter at gunpoint at 9 Mile Station

9:57 PM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
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ARAPAHOE COUNTY - A brazen armed robbery at an RTD light rail station has Arapahoe County Sheriff's deputies looking for five men.

It happened Friday morning at the RTD 9 Mile station at Parker and I-225.

The entire crime was caught on surveillance video, which provides a very clear picture of what happened.

A male light rail passenger was walking by an elevator on the lower level and didn't realize he was walking right into a trap.

Thousands of people pass through RTD 9 Mile station every day and deputies hope someone will recognize the five men, described by deputies as four black males and one Hispanic male.

"We do consider them dangerous," said Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Bureau Chief Vince Line.

Surveillance video shows the men at 5:32 Friday morning smiling, smoking cigarettes, and looking around.

Nine minutes later, the men are seen on video robbing the man at gunpoint and searching his pockets and bag before stealing his phone, wallet, and other items.

"It does appear that there was a plan," Line said.

Line hopes someone will recognize the men and their 90s model pickup, seen on video driving into the parking garage before the robbery and out minutes after.

"It appears to be a green over grey or silver colored Dodge extended cab that has a cap or topper on the back of it," Line said.

9NEWS showed the surveillance tape to regular commuters, who said they haven't seen anything suspicious but find the video disturbing.

"We need more security around here," RTD passenger Scott Schleu said.

Deputies hope someone will recognize the faces on the video and call Crime Stoppers before they strike again.

"The fact that they are, number one, robbing someone and that they're doing so with a handgun is concerning for us," Line said.

As far as deputies know, this is the only robbery involving these five men.

They say you can help protect yourself by being aware of your surroundings.

If you have any information, Call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

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