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Another bicycle assault reported in Fredericksburg

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

For the second Friday night in a row, an unknown assailant on a bicycle assaulted pedestrians in Fredericksburg who had no reason to suspect that an attack was coming, police said.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the latest unprovoked attack occurred Friday at 11:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of Powhatan Street.

A man, 22, and his 21-year-old girlfriend were out for a walk when a bicyclist rode up from behind.

The bike rider deliberately rode between them, Bledsoe said, striking both and knocking them to the ground. The male victim and the bike rider exchanged words before the assailant rode away. Neither victim was seriously hurt.

The assailant was described only as a black male wearing a red jacket, a baseball cap and white tennis shoes.

Bledsoe said police encountered a man matching the description earlier in the evening on the riverbank off Riverside Drive but have not yet tied him to the assault.

Bledsoe said police are investigating the possibility that the incident was related to one that occurred the previous Friday in which a man was struck from behind with a piece of lumber while walking in the 1800 block of Princess Anne Street.

The victim, a 52-year-old city resident, suffered a large gash over one eye that required stitches.

The victim in that case never got a look at his attacker, who also rode up from behind on a bicycle. The bike rider didn’t say a word to the victim before riding away with the victim on the ground. Bystanders later found the victim and called for help.

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