Arrest Made In Panhandle Cyclist Attacks
By Nuala Sawyer - Published on December 16, 2014.
Yesterday, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition shared the news that an arrest has been made in the troubling Panhandle cyclist attacks that occurred earlier this fall.
To jog your memory, six attacks on cyclists on the Panhandle took place between October 3rd and October 10th of this year. Attacked with empty bottles or sticks, many of the cyclists were robbed of their bikes and injured during the confrontation.
Captain Raj Vaswani of Park Station deployed both plainclothes policemen and patrol cars to the Panhandle following the attacks, stepping up the investigation under pressure from the community. Two months later, it appears an arrest has been made.
Officer Gordon Shyy told us that the police have arrested one juvenile suspect, who has in turn identified several others from the group. Details at this time are slim (most likely due to the fact that the suspect is underage), but we'll keep you updated as the investigation continues.
As for the cyclists commuting regularly through the Panhandle, you can breath a little easier, though no attacks linked to this case have been made since October 10th. As always, we urge you all to take care when biking through parks at night.
The SFMTA will decide the fate of nearly two dozen Slow Streets on Tuesday, and it’s pretty clear how they’re going to vote on all of them — except for one, the highly contentious Lake Street, and it’s anybody’s guess what will happen with that one.