Most of you are probably aware of this already.
A bicyclist was severely beaten late Tuesday afternoon on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which runs through the District from Union Station to Silver Spring. The trail has been the scene of attacks on cyclists in the past.
The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. near Third and R streets NE. Police listed it as an aggravated assault and said the victim suffered wounds that were serious but not life-threatening.
The man, who was in his late 30s, was covered with blood, with his left eye swollen shut, when a woman came upon him at Third and R. She said people were gathered around, urging him to remain awake while awaiting an ambulance.
It appeared, the woman said, that he had not been robbed. His bicycle was next to him. She said he was asked whether the attackers had said anything, and he indicated that they had not.
“Apparently they grabbed and beat him,” she said.
The woman said police appeared quickly, but apparently no arrests were made.
The biker, a white male from Silver Spring, Md., was approached by a suspect who punched him and knocked him off his bicycle.
He was then kicked and punched by 14 additional juveniles, according to police
A witness adds
Apparently he was beaten by a fairly large group of African American teenagers that I passed on the trail near the bridge near Florida Avenue. Apparently they beat this biker, a Caucasian male who looked to be in his 50s, for no reason.
Update: The Post has more information here.
In one version of the police account, the victim said the other youths ran over and “kicked and punched him multiple times.” But the man also told police that he wasn’t sure if the other youths participated in the attack or tried to pull the first youth off him.
And more here (the victim was 37 they report).
“I can't make sense of this, just random,” he says. “Hope I can regain the courage to keep riding."