DENVER - A University of Colorado Denver student and his friend were attacked and held at knife-point a few hours after a community meeting was held to inform students about a recent string of assaults at the Auraria campus.
It was the fifth assault to take place on campus since Feb. 15. Officers say the student and his friend were assaulted near the Circle K store at West Colfax Avenue and Mariposa Street around 9:20 Wednesday night.
The assault started with an argument a few blocks away at the Auraria light rail station. Investigators say two men followed the student and his friend for a while, before they robbed the victims and beat them with brass knuckles.
"These are isolated incidents. They are different suspects. Unfortunately, all of them occurred in a small time frame and it's unusual for our campus and we want to keep it that way," Auraria Police Chief John Mackey said.
The previous attacks included an apparent drug deal, where two students were stabbed but survived. Officers arrested Trey Quinn and Nicholas Castle in connection with that attack.
Another incident involved men trying to steal women's purses.
The mid-February assault happened when two suspects forced their way into a victim's apartment and demanded money, according to Denver Police. The apartment was on the 18th floor of 1051 14th Street in Denver. Officers say the suspects assaulted the victim with a metal bar before taking a wallet.
Police say the suspects fled to the 20th floor and left clothing and the metal bar in the building.