Police Search for Suspects in Teen Mugging; Neighbors Worried

By: Marybeth Brush Email
By: Marybeth Brush Email

Colorado Springs Police officers are calling it a brazen attack and they are now on the hunt for suspects in the mugging of a 17-year-old girl at Crestline Dr. and Murray Blvd.

Along this busy street, a 17-year-old girl walking home late at night was robbed.
"It's just really scary, ya know, for people to do this random acts of violence like this, especially on an innocent woman, underage and all that," says Michael Olivas. He lives in the near the neighborhood where the girl was attacked.

The victim says a man put her in a choke-hold and demanded money. A crime like this does not sit well with neighbors. "It's real frightening for anyone, ya know, it's just not safe for people to be out after dark," says Olivas.
"Ya know, I got a little daughter. She is 7. Makes me really nervous to have her even walk to school in the daytime. I would be pretty scared for her to walk at night," says Jacob Yeager.

There could be eyewitnesses to this attack.
"For this little girl, people drove by and nobody called the police. Everyday has a cell phone in this day and age. I would ask the citizens, I can understand if you don't want to intervene, that could also be dangerous. But please, at least pick up a phone and call 9-1-1," says Sgt. Chris Newton of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Now police are asking for your help in finding the suspects.
The suspect is described as a black man, mid 20s, with a mustache. He was wearing baggy pants and a dark jacket. He was also wearing gloves. He got into a red minivan and drove off.

If you have any information, please call crime stoppers at 634-STOP.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    I think its time we organize an open carry day, where everybody pascks their pistol on their side. If crooks knew that 50% of the people in this city were gunowners, and there is a good chance they'd get shot, they'd think twice before dpoing stuff like this.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Teens are NOT the problem on Oct 4, 2009 at 05:44 PM
    Colorado Springs law prohibits anyone under 18 from being out after 10 pm Sun-Thurs or after 12 Midnight Fri/Sat. http://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=812 This incident occurred at 10:30 pm FRI 10/2 - see http://www.springsgov.com/units/police/policeblotter.asp ***Teens are NOT the problem; this is NOT about an irresponsible parent!*** This 17 yr old was WELL within her rights to be walking home at 10:30 pm on a Friday. She’s not 18 yet – but apparently she’s pretty responsible. As a parent, I wouldn’t have an issue with letting her walk home at 10:30 on a Friday. She handled the situation pretty well and was VERY lucky not to have been hurt worse by her attackers. NOTE: The attack occurred in plain view as several cars drove by; the attacker had help: he got into the passenger side of a red minivan and drove away. ***** HELLO? Have we as a society gotten so apathetic as to just keep on driving? Wake up and look around you – you CAN make a difference. *****
  • by 11 News on Oct 4, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    Patti: Thanks for the comment. It was at Crestline and Murray and that info has now been added to this story.
  • by Erin Location: security on Oct 4, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    Someone should tell that SGT that actually *NOT* everyone has a cell phone. Of course I wouldn't have just driven past either. Bet this idiot feels all big and tough, terrorizing a teenage girl. Really disgusting, but it's practically coming to be standard in this day and age. You just can't leave your house anymore it feels like, but you really aren't any safer indoors either. Too much violent crime, and the lazy SOBs when caught always whine that they HAD to do it because of the economy or society or their upbringing. Which is bull, my husband and I are unemployed and you don't see us out assaulting teenagers! Really, just disgusting.
  • by don Location: co spgs on Oct 4, 2009 at 09:39 AM
    find him and hang him!
  • by odd on Oct 4, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    where are the teenager's parents at 11pm? what was she doing walking alone at that time of the night? hope they catch these criminals and put them where they belong
  • by Me Location: CS on Oct 3, 2009 at 10:43 PM
    Rule one of reporting: Who, what, when, where, why. Did a grade school child write this up?
  • by lolz Location: CO on Oct 3, 2009 at 10:06 PM
    No need for a location, I can tell you. South Academy somewhere....
  • by Patti Wilcox on Oct 3, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    Unless I completely missed the location of the mugging in the story. Please tell me where this crime happened.
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