Friday, October 09, 2009

Parkway Crime Announcement

October 8, 2009

Man arrested in assault on bicyclist on American River trail

From Bill Lindelof

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of assault for striking a bicyclist Wednesday on the American River bike trail.

Police arrested Philip Roberts (see photo), 24, who investigators said is homeless.

The 36-year-old Sacramento bicyclist was riding on the bike trail about 9:30 a.m. near Northgate Boulevard-Del Paso Boulevard when he was confronted by a man who cursed at him.

As he was passing the man, the bicyclist was hit on the head with an object, possibly a small stick, and punched.

The bicyclist was nearly knocked from his bike but recovered and kept riding. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet and was not injured.

Officers checked the area and found the suspect near Colfax Street and Redwood Avenue in North Sacramento.