NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – A neighborhood enterprise proprietor is attacked whereas using his bike on the levee in Algiers.
It occurred July 18 on the Mississippi River Path close to the intersection of Odeon and Patterson.
“I suppose it was in shock. I used to be hurting. I used to be screaming ‘Oh god, oh my God,’” the person stated.
It was the very last thing he thought would occur to him whereas attempting to get some train on a Monday morning round 8:15 a.m.
“A younger woman parks a motorcycle proper the place this incident befell and began doing crunches on the cement proper there, so I’m like, okay, it’s fairly secure,” he stated. “I form of let my guard down pondering it was actually secure place. Lots of people up there are going each methods.”
He used to trip his bike at Audubon Park, however his truck was damaged into, so he thought a change to the Westbank can be safer, using alongside the levee from Outdated Gretna to the Chalmette Ferry and again.
“I slowed down at this shipyard, the outdated Todd shipyard,” he stated. “Each bicyclist has to decelerate proper there as a result of there’s three bumps you bought to cross, so there was a man standing there. I didn’t suppose nothing of it.”
He says the person wasn’t sporting health club garments and was simply standing on the trail close to the primary bump. He assumed the person was simply strolling alongside and as he approached, the person even moved out of his method.
“After I received previous the third bump, I began gaining my pace and one thing got here up from behind me and hit me. It was him,” he stated. “Knocked me over an enormous board they’ve proper there and I flipped over that and went right down to the cement aspect of the levee.”
He shattered his heel attempting to catch himself as he tumbled.
“I needed to crawl up the levee to get to security,” He stated. “I used to be attempting to get to anyone’s home to come back assist me as a result of I didn’t have my telephone, my telephone was connected to my bicycle. I can see him peddling away. I didn’t need him to see me shifting round pondering he would come again and possibly end me off. I used to be defenseless at this level. I used to be bleeding throughout.”
As soon as his attacker rode off he tried to flag some individuals down, however they have been suspicious and stored shifting.
“I’m screaming ‘Please assist me, please assist me. I used to be attacked. They stole my bicycle,’” he stated.
Three individuals ended up coming again to assist, one a retired NOPD officer.
“I stated ‘Please don’t go away me, please don’t go away,’” he stated. “I used to be fearing for my life.”
He says he’s so grateful for the type strangers and for the officers and EMTs who received there inside 25 minutes.
“I don’t suppose I used to be the primary one. I don’t need it to must occur anyone else,” he stated.
He’s now in a forged for 12 weeks, however grateful it wasn’t worse.
“I let my guard down. I ought to have been extra conscious, I ought to have been extra cautious. Simply watch out on the market,” he stated.
NOPD is investigating and asks anybody with any data to name 4th District detectives or go away an nameless tip with Crimestoppers.
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