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Police Blotter: Driver Beats Up Cyclist on Seventh Street in Park Slope

Reports from the 78th Precinct.

The following information was supplied by the 78th Precinct of the NYPD. It does not indicate a conviction.

Road Rage

Police arrested a 54-year-old man after he beat up a bicyclist on Seventh Street on April 29.

The victim said the driver cut him off in the bike lane near Fifth Avenue around 5 p.m., almost hitting him. The cyclist tapped the car to alert the driver that he was too close. The driver stopped, got out of the car and started punching the cyclist in the face, head and body. The biker fell to the ground and the man continued to pummel him. Two witnesses pulled the driver away and he got in his car and sped off.

The biker suffered a bloody nose, bruises and cuts, but refused to go to the hospital after EMTs treated him.

Police later arrested the driver.

Bad Move

A crook stole a backpack of electronics, medication and textbooks from the front seat of a moving truck on Sterling Place on April 26.

The 31-year-old victim told police that he had left his backpack filled with an Apple laptop, two hard drives, prescription medication, textbooks and a Swiss Army knife in the front seat of a U-Haul truck near Fifth Avenue at around 6:05 p.m. He was not sure if the doors were locked.

The victim helped his friend move furniture inside his friend’s new apartment and 20 minutes later, he went back to the truck and his belongings were gone.

Snatched Off the Hook

A thief snatched a woman’s pocketbook from the hook underneath a bar on Fifth Avenue on April 26.

The 36-year-old victim said she was drinking at the , between Garfield Place and Carroll Street, and left her pocketbook on the hook underneath the bar at around 11:30 p.m. When she went to get her purse at 1:30 a.m., it was gone. The thief got away with $400 cash, a bra and a credit card. 

Steve May 02, 2012 at 07:48 PM
What does Rick Oshea think?
Jenny May 02, 2012 at 07:57 PM
why do people continue to leave valuable things in vehicles? it's just asking for them to be stolen...
rick sanchez May 02, 2012 at 10:29 PM
yes, i'm sure the cyclist 'tapped' the car. . .
Suzi May 03, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Whatever happened, I'm sure it didn't deserve a beating. I hope the driver faces as much punishment as the law allows and gets sued by the person he beat up.
Rick Oshea May 03, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Same as Rick Sanchez.
Rick Oshea May 03, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I saw something amazing the other day. It was like a sighting of Bigfoot. A woman on a bike stopped at a red light on 5th avenue. Not only did she stop but she stopped behind the line where you're supposed to stop and not in the middle of the crosswalk. And not only that- she actually waited until the light turned green to proceed. That's a once in a lifetime experience.
Tatiana May 03, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I agree Rick, those are rare sightings!
Cheryl May 03, 2012 at 02:33 PM
So, Rick, does a person who taps or even really hits someone's car deserve to then be pummeled to the point where witnesses have to pull the assailant off of him? Why won't you answer the question?
Park Sloperstein May 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I saw something amazing the other day. It was like a sighting of Bigfoot. A woman in a car stopped at a red light on 5th avenue. Not only did she stop but she stopped behind the line where you're supposed to stop and not in the middle of the crosswalk. And not only that- she actually waited until the light turned green to proceed. That's a once in a lifetime experience.
Park Sloperstein May 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I saw something amazing the other day. It was like a sighting of Bigfoot. A female pedestrian stopped at a red light on 5th avenue. Not only did she stop but she stood and waited on the sidewalk where you're supposed to stop and not in the middle of the crosswalk. And not only that- she actually waited until the light turned green to proceed. That's a once in a lifetime experience.
Cheryl May 03, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I saw something amazing the other day. It was like a sighting of Bigfoot. A New Yorker acted in a completely selfless and completely courteous manner. That's a once in a lifetime experience.
rick sanchez May 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM
i will answer the question, cheryl, but the way patch works is you have to post your question so others can read it before being able to respond. so: does a person who taps or hits someone's car deserve to be pummeled? sure. it's not legal, but probably deserving. there'll also be some outlying instances where the pummeling is not deserved, but what can you do?
Ladydi69126 May 04, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Cyclist think they are holier than thou and deserve whats coming to them when they hit cars, pedestrians etc i have no sympathy for them
I'm Walkin' Here May 04, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Drivers think they are holier than thou and deserve what's coming to them when they kill pedestrians cyclists etc. I'd have no sympathy for them, but the NYPD usually lets them off the hook. Good to know that Rick Oshea thinks that touching someone else's car merits a beating. Rick, if pedestrian aggressively taps someone's car does the pedestrian deserve a trip to the hospital, too? Or does that depraved logic only apply to cyclists?
Patti May 04, 2012 at 06:22 PM
No one deserves to get beat up even if they are acting out. Auto drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians have to get along in this world. You can't pick one group because as mad as I get with a bicyclist who cuts me off and give me the finger; I also get mad at autodrivers who do the same thing; and, oh yea pedestrians who dress in dark colors and walk out right in front of you - they are scary. I can't imagine hitting someone.
Blaine May 04, 2012 at 07:17 PM
You have to be pretty sick to say that someone deserves to get beat up for touching or hitting a car. Even the Bible limits people to an eye for an eye. Shame on anyone who condones violence.

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