Crowd beats man in front of his kids at Denver Skatepark |

Crowd beats man in front of his kids at Denver Skatepark

Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
(HANDOUT | Provided by Dave)Dave sits in Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge after the incident.

A 33-year-old father who took his kids to the Denver Skatepark this week was beaten by more than two dozen teens and young men.

The father, who is recovering, received a head injury, fractured back vertebrae and a broken elbow, he said.

The Post is identifying the man only by his first name – Dave – because he’s a victim and Denver police confirm his assailants have not been arrested.

The attack happened about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the park, 2205 19th St., on the edge of downtown Denver near Coors Field.

Dave, a machinist who lives in Arvada, said he took his children – two boys, both 13, and a daughter, 11 – to the park for a night of fun.

They got there about 7:45 and skated for a while. Dave uses a long board known as a “mountain board” or a “dirt board”.

After about 30 minutes Dave watched as a group chased an individual across the park. As a pursuer ran by, Dave asked: “What’s going on?”

The man turned to Dave, cursed at him, and told him to leave.

The words had just passed from the man’s mouth when Dave was slammed with a skateboard from behind, he said.

“I guess just me asking was enough for them to clock me,” Dave said.


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