Five assaults on Auraria campus since Halloween, latest in West Classroom Building restroom

Knife-wielding assailants beat victim on campus

DENVER - At least five assaults have been reported on the Auraria campus since Halloween.

The most recent happened just after 8 p.m. Friday in a men's room at the West Classroom Building.

Police reports indicate that three Hispanic men, one with an NSM tattoo, attacked an Asian male, held a knife to his throat, robbed him and threatened to kill him if he told anyone.

According to police reports, the assailants in the most recent attack yelled racial slurs at the victim while beating him.

The victim reportedly suffered bruises on his back and torso.

"That's scary because it's happening inside buildings," said Ashley Thao, while walking to class Monday afternoon. "If that happened to them, it could happen to me."

Some students said they're not surprised by the violence because of the wide variety of people on campus.

"There are people trying to preach, homeless people, people coming from Colfax begging for money," said Ivan, a student asked that we only use his first name. "I mean you see all kinds of people."

7NEWS called campus police to ask if there is a connection between any of the attacks, if they are gang-related and whether there is a need to beef up security.

We're still waiting to hear back from Police Chief John Mackey.

Several students told 7NEWS that despite the assaults, they feel safe on campus

"I think the campus police do a good job of sending us emails when something does happen," said second year Community College of Denver student Nicholas Francis.

Francis, who's had a bike stolen from Auraria, said the assaults lead him to believe that police should consider installing security cameras along campus sidewalks.

"I think a campus of this size should at least have cameras," he said.

Other attacks:

  • At 12:40 p.m. October 31, someone waiting for a light rail train on the south side of campus was punched in the face.
  • Three days later, another individual walking to the South Classroom Building at 9:40 a.m. was also punched in the face.
  • At 6:00 a.m. on November 10, a campus police officer was attacked by a machete-wielding assailant near Tivoli Center. The officer then shot and killed the attacker.
  • Two days later, someone was pushed and spit at in the Plaza Building.