At 6:45 a.m this morning, a woman was attacked while riding her bike on Dexter Avenue North by a man attempting to steal her bicycle.
H.Y. was heading north, coming up to the bus stop just below the Aurora Bridge, when she saw a pedestrian. She slowed down, anticipating him to cross the street in front of her. Instead the man pushed her, punched her twice in the face and grabbed a hold of her bike. H.Y. fought back, pushing the attacker off her and freeing herself and her bike. The attacker tripped and fell, allowing H.Y. to reach for an old knife she carried in her pack. When the attacker saw that she had a knife, he ran off but returned only moments later to warn her not to call the cops. He then got on the next bus and left the scene.
While H.Y. has a black eye and a bruised mouth, the man was unsuccessful in taking her bike.
“I would like to get the word out that a cyclist was attacked while cycling downhill. I always felt safe from attacks while moving. I have also felt absolute no threat from pedestrians on Dexter. This is no longer true,” she stated.
H.Y. said she was glad to have an old scuba knife on her as she fears pepper spray would not have stopped her attacker.
H.Y. described her attacker as a black male in his late twenties or early thrities. He was wearing a leopard design hoody, dark jacket and sport glasses. She said he was around 5’8’’, built like a runner, clean shaven and had short hair.
He was last seen taking the 28 bus.
Please contact Seattle Police Officer Parnell at 206.684-8917 if you have any information. Remember to report (attempted) bike thefts, hazards and bike crashes on BikeWise.org.