Fighting A Naked Guy: Two Cyclists Assaulted, Subjected To Anti-Gay Slurs During Nude Bike Ride
Police have reportedly launched a hate crime investigation after several cyclists were assaulted as they wheeled from Silver Lake to Echo Park during Saturday’s World Naked Bike Ride, according to The Eastsider LA. Riders were punched by drivers, subjected to anti-gay slurs, and at least two of suffered minor injuries "during what police describe as an unprovoked attack."
Said Lt.Wes Buhrmester, “The punch was unprovoked and a blind-side, and knocked the cyclist to the ground. The second suspect exited and committed a similar act against a second victim, knocking him to the ground, then throwing his bicycle at him. More anti-gay slurs were shouted, and the suspects left.”
The incident, partially captured on the video by a Silver Lake resident, shows "a shirtless cyclist being thrown to the ground amid the sounds of honking horns and yelling on Sunset Boulevard near Waterloo Street."
Police are seeking two male suspects who were traveling in a Honda. The first suspect is described as a 20-year-old male with black hair and brown eyes, 5-8, 180 pounds, wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. The second suspect is a male in his late 20s, with black “buzz cut” hair and a dark complexion, 5-10, 200-250 pounds, wearing a blue shirt with jeans.
Call Rampart Detective Division at (213) 484-3450 with information. Refer to DR No. 11-0212143.