Skip to comments.Warning Issued To Bicyclists In NYC: Gang Attacking Riders Along The Hudson (SOBs)
Posted on 09/03/2013 3:17:49 PM PDT by markomalley
The NYPD says thugs are beating and mugging bike riders on a popular Manhattan bike path.
The victim of one attack recently came forward to tell fellow riders to be on guard, CBS 2s Don Champion reported Tuesday.
The bike path along the Hudson River is popular with New Jersey bikers who take the route and cross the George Washington Bridge to get home at night in the dark.
One victim told Champion hes always on guard, but was not expecting what he got when he turned one corner.
Its a little surreal, said Keith Cho, who had one eye swollen shut. It was very traumatic. Ive never been jumped before.
A rope mark burned into his neck detailed the reason behind Chos newfound sense of insecurity.
Ive lived in this area for 35 years and for the first time in my life I feel unsafe to come to this city, Cho said.
The attack happened on the night of Aug. 24, when he was mugged while riding his bike along the river on whats called the Greenway, near 164th Street in Washington Heights.
It happened after he ran into a rope his attackers put up.
The rope I saw at the last second, but it was too late. I was already clotheslined, Cho said.
Moments later, Cho said he was punched with brass knuckles and beaten. The attackers not only ran off with Chos bike, but also his cellphone and cash.
Hes not alone. On Thursday, another man was knocked off his bike with a bat and then beaten and mugged in the same area.
The lighting is absolutely dismal and in this section youre in pitch dark and really its a criminals paradise, Cho said.
Investigators believe the attacks are connected. Whats even more troubling is that people Champion caught up with say they rarely see police in the area.
If something happens, no one can see you. You could be there for maybe a couple of days in the brush and no one would find you, Susan Hurse said.
Its scary to think that you cant come out and ride your bike and have fun without worrying about being mugged, Susan McMullen added.
Nearly two weeks after his attack, with his wounds still healing, Cho vowed to never bike on that path again at night.
They couldve just taken my bike and just went off. I was in no condition to chase them or go after them. I was totally discombobulated, he said.
The NYPD said it has stepped up patrols in the area. Investigators said they think the attackers could be targeting people with high-end bikes.
Presently, officers only have a vague description of the men, who are described as being in their 20s.
Guess which kind of neighborhoods you have to ride by to get to the George Washington Bridge from midtown Manhattan.
Who goes above 101st?
Not unexpected, not surprised...
That’s were many people cross the bridge to buy hard drugs.
Race of attackers not mentioned. Why???
No clue. Officers only have a "vague" description.
‘164th Street in Washington Heights’ My home address as a child. I don’t go by the name ‘heights’ for nothing. I now live in California.
Guess it must suck to be all law abiding and you can’t carry a gun to protect yourself from criminals. Might want to start asking yourself, just who are the politicians really protecting?
Many bicyclists I have observed have a “nothing can hurt me” attitude, so.....
Great movie. Bronson was the best.
It was dark.
I wonder what kind of LEOtard you have to be to be able to discern an approximate age, but not a race....
Yup, I know.
Don’t need to guess. The article clearly says the cyclists were attacked by black gangs.
Kids don’t play cowboys and Indians anymore.
Now it’s Morlocks and Elois.
Hey, NYPD! Can you tell us what the thugs look like so we can watch out for them, or should we let it be a surprise?
Point me to where in the article it says that, if you please.
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