We just got this report from one of our readers. He says he does not want us to use his name because the suspect is still at large.
At approximately 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27 a 16 year-old Queen Anne/Magnolia resident was riding his bicycle on the 2700 block of Gilman Avenue West when a vehicle stopped in front of him. The driver (a Caucasian male, 18-21, shirtless, wearing red shorts, about 6′ tall, with short blond hair and an athletic build), exited the vehicle with a soccer ball and used the ball to knock the rider off his bicycle. The rider was thrown to the ground violently. The driver continued to attack the rider, who, knowing he was seriously injured, fled. A passenger in the driver’s car took the bicycle and they fled. The vehicle was a silver or gray late-model Subaru Outback or similar without a license plate on the front.
The rider was taken to the emergency room with lacerations, bruises, scrapes and severe pain in his left elbow and wrist. The elbow was severely fractured and will require immediate surgery. It will be several months before he will regain normal use of his arm. The victim did not know the driver. But the driver said something that indicated he believed the rider had stolen his bicycle, which was not the case. The bike is unique: a Cervelo P2-SL frameset with all custom parts and a fixed gear (one-speed). The rider works at a local bike shop and built the bike himself at the shop. The bike was stolen several months ago from the rider. A couple of weeks ago, it was discovered chained to a post near the Green Lake Small Craft Center with another bike, a Lemond. Police were called, and the rider produced his invoice for the frame with a matching serial number, and another worker at the bike shop attested to the fact that the bike belonged to the rider. The police gave the bike back to the rider.
It is possible that the driver purchased the bike after it had been stolen and believed the rider had stolen it from him. During the attack, he yelled something about where the "Lemond" was. But knocking a bicyclist off a bike going downhill at perhaps 20+ mph is not the appropriate way to deal with a situation like this. Serious, expensive injuries to the innocent victim resulted and they could have been far worse. Seattle police are investigating the crime and are looking for the driver and passengers of the vehicle. If you have any information about this, please contact Officer Sideris (#6803) at the West Precinct, 206.684.8917. The incident number is: 10-258171.