Cyclist viciously beaten by skateboarders in downtown Seattle
SEATTLE -- A group of skateboarders viciously beat and possibly robbed a cyclist while he was riding home Sunday evening in downtown Seattle, according to the Seattle Police Department.
The victim was riding north in the bike lane on Fourth Avenue sometime between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. As he approached Pine Street, he saw a group of people with skateboards standing on the corner.
Suddenly, someone in the group rolled their skateboard in front of the victim, who didn't have time to stop and crashed his bicycle, according to the police report for the incident.
When the victim tried to confront the skateboarder, he was immediately surrounded by the group. A member of the group punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground, according to the report.
The victim later told officers the group started kicking him in the head and ribs until he lost consciousness. A handful of Good Samaritans intervened and broke up the attack, according to the report.
One of the attackers reportedly tried to steal the victim's bike, but a passerby stopped him and returned the bike to the victim.
After the attack, the victim was shaken and upset but told witnesses he didn't need any help and didn't want to call 911. He ended up riding the 15 blocks home on his now-damaged bicycle.
Once home, the victim realized his iPhone was missing and thinks one of the attackers took it while he was knocked out.
He also started to feel excessive pain in his head and had friends drive him to the hospital, where he was found to be suffering from a possible concussion, lumps on his head, scratches all over his legs and body and a sore rib cage.
The victim eventually reported the incident to police but was unable to give officers a good description of the attackers. He also said he didn't think he would recognize them if he saw them again.