September 20, 2020

‘Bike rage’ arrest: Pedestrians slapped and mooned in five incidents

A 55-year-old Virginia man was arrested after tipsters suggested he was the aggressive bicyclist who had yelled at, struck and mooned pedestrians.

Image of the wanted bicyclist; booking mug of David Marlowe. (Arlington County Police Department) David Marlowe, 55, was arrested Sunday at his Arlington home, said police in the Washington, D.C., suburb. He was being held Monday on no bond.

On Friday, Arlington County police had released a photo and asked for the public’s help in identifying a bicyclist thought to have been involved in five confrontations last month on recreational trails.

In all five incidents, a cyclist had acted aggressively against walkers or runners. In three, he had yanked down his shorts to expose his bare buttocks.

Marlowe is charged with assault and battery, indecent exposure, robbery and felony intent to distribute marijuana. The robbery charge arises from his alleged attempt to take one pedestrian’s phone. Police did not elaborate on the marijuana charge.

U.S. parks police are investigating whether Marlowe could also be charged in an Aug. 13 incident in which a cyclist is said to have “flashed” a jogger during a shouting match on the Mount Vernon Trail.

The incidents in which Marlowe is suspected by Arlington police:

• August 11, 7:25 a.m., Four Mile Run Trail. Cyclist yelled at two pedestrians to stay on the right side of the yellow line. When one pedestrian yelled back, the cyclist circled the pair, pulled down his shorts, struck the man and tried to take the woman’s phone.

• August 15, 10:06 a.m., Washington & Old Dominion Trail near Columbia Pike. A pedestrian attempted to take a phone image of a cyclist who had come up behind him at high speed. The cyclist struck the man, then exposed his buttocks before riding away.

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• August 16, 3:35 p.m., Washington & Old Dominion Trail near Columbia Pike. Cyclist yelled at two pedestrians to get off the trail and passed closely at high speed while yelling obscenities. When one pedestrian yelled back, the cyclist exposed his buttocks, then rode at the pair, yelling obscenities.

• August 21, 10:30 a.m., Custis Trail. A runner was approached from behind by a cyclist who, while passing at high speed, slapped her on the back of the head and yelled at her to move over.

• August 29, 7:24 p.m., Washington & Old Dominion Trail near Columbus Street. Two pedestrians were passed from behind by a cyclist at high speed. When one pedestrian yelled at the cyclist to slow down, the man got off his bike and struck the pedestrian in the face.

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Source:: The Mercury News – World

      

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