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Surveillance photos show 3 men who attacked Army veteran at Lakewood light rail station

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Police are asking for help identifying three men who attempted to rob a U.S. Army veteran and his wife at a light rail station.

It happened April 25 around 9:40 p.m. at the Lamar light rail station at 6363 W. 13th Ave., the Lakewood Police Department said. Police released surveillance photos of the incident Monday after having no luck identifying the suspects.

Rob Bingham and his wife got off at the wrong stop on that night and soon realized that wasn't the only thing going wrong.

"Three guys approached us, started talking to us," Bingham said.

Bingham said a man in a black and red jacket, who he suspects was drunk or high, demanded his watch, wallet and his wife's purse.

"He said he had a gun. Me, arrogantly, I'll admit, I said, 'Show it to me.' Then, he took off his jacket and started throwing punches," Bingham said.

As an Army veteran of 14 years, Bingham fought back, keeping the two other suspects in his periphery.

"I've been in the military a long time, so defensiveness is in my nature. So I realized they were kind of young . I did not see a gun. I did not see a weapon or anything. So I realized I could be defensive and I could fight back," Bingham said.

The fight went on for five minutes.

Bingham knew he just had to fend him off until the light rail train came back through.

"I felt bad for them. I was talking to him at the same time, telling them, 'Man you don't have to do this. I'm not giving you anything. This doesn't need to happen,'" he said.

Then, the suspect with a bandanna over his face grabbed his friend and pulled him away. The trio took off.

"That's dangerous and we need to get those people off the street," Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis said.

Police released the suspect photos in hopes someone recognizes any one of them. They don't want to have any other victims down the line.

"Threatening someone you have a gun, that is someone we need to get a hold of," Davis said.

"I think they need to learn. They need to learn that is not OK," Bingham said.

Police don't recommend fighting back in a situation such as this. But Bingham said his military background helped him appropriately assess the situation.

The suspects face serious charges, including attempted robbery, second-degree assault and harassment, among others.

The first suspect is described as a white man with dark hair and an unknown tattoo on his chest. He was wearing a black pullover sweatshirt with a red hood and red-and-white stripes, a Chicago Bulls logo on the back, dark pants, and red shoes with black and white insoles.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic man with dark hair. He was wearing a dark-colored hoodie, light-colored jeans and tan shoes.

The third suspect is described as a dark-skinned man, possibly Hispanic or African-American. He was wearing a light-colored sweatshirt and a blue-and-white bandana around his face.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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