DENVER - Police are asking for helping in finding a pair of panhandlers they say started a fight that lead to a couple getting stabbed when they refused to hand over cash.
Denver Police say a male victim was severely injured when he was stabbed five times in the stomach. His friend, who was crossing the street with him, was stabbed once trying to fend off the attackers.
The attack happened late at night on Tuesday, Sept. 1 in front of the Cheeky Monk Restaurant and Bar near East Colfax Avenue and Pearl Street.
Police released surveillance video of the panhandlers they say are responsible. Police say the panhandlers approached the victims as they crossed the street.
Investigators say the man pictured in plaid shorts attacked the male victim first and the two fought to the ground. That's when the second person, who was wearing all black, jumped into the fray and stabbed the victim. The victim's friend was injured when she tried to keep the attacker away.
The male victim sustained serious injuries the woman who was with him was also injured. Both are still recovering from their wounds.
The attacker is described as a white man with a black jacket and a logo on the back.
If you know who the suspect is, call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) to be eligible for a cash reward.