Bicyclist beaten after telling other riders to get lights
By Linda Spice of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Dec. 2, 2008
A 51-year-old man bicycling in Madison suggested that two cyclists passing him put lights on their bikes before they followed him to his home and beat him, according to Madison police.
The victim told police he suffered pain to his head and ribs after being attacked outside of his home on Lakeside St. about 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26, according to a report released today.
The man told police he was riding on South Shore Drive when he heard someone from behind tell him that he would be passing on the left. He moved over and a man and a woman rode past.
As they did, however, he said, "Get a light." The other man turned and asked what he said.
The victim repeated, "Get a light."
The couple yelled loudly at the man, telling him to mind his own business, according to police. The victim said the other man attempted to run him off the road before the couple followed him to his home driveway.
That's where a conversation about lights continued and the woman told the victim that he seemed to have plenty of lights and asked for one. He gave her a light and told police he did not feel threatened.
The other man, however, appeared to still be upset about the original comment and allegedly clamped his hands around the victim's head. The other man then twisted the victim to the ground and kneed him in the ribs.
The victim told police he last saw the two people pedaling down South Shore Drive.
The first suspect was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, wearing a dark-colored jacket and riding a Trek time trial bike .
The second suspect was a white female, about 5-feet-4-inches who rode an Orbea road bike with orange on the front.
Watch out next time you yell, "flip it".
..and watch out for try athletes.