Police warn of bike trail assaults

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June 2, 2003 // UPDATED 10:50 am - April 30, 2007
By: Robyn Repya
Robyn Repya

Minneapolis police issued crime alerts in mid-May regarding assaults on the Cedar Lake bike trail, which runs to Downtown through southwest Minneapolis\'s Kenwood and Lowry Hill neighborhoods.

There have been at least two reported assaults. One occurred when a biker was riding past a group of black males, approximately 12 to 17 years old. The biker, riding at least 15 miles per hour, was knocked off his bike and suspects struck in his head and face. The second incident occurred when a biker passes a group of black and white males and a few white females, approximately 15 to 17 years old. The biker was riding 18 miles per hour and was struck in the neck as he rode past, but managed to maintain balance and stay on his bike.

The alert stated that the assaults don\'t appear to be occurring on park property, but the Park Police are investigating the case because they have jurisdiction over the trails. In addition, the Park Police and city police have increased area patrols.

For more information, call the Park Police at 370-4777.