A few days ago, a cyclist attacked three people putting up Black Lives Matter posters, and the incident was caught on camera
UPDATE, June 6: Anthony Brennan III of Kensington was charged with three counts of second-degree assault on Friday, Maryland-National Capital Park Police’s press release states. According to the release, police seized “items of evidentiary value” from Brennan’s home yesterday, and Brennan later voluntarily turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Thanks to tips from the community we identifed a suspect in the assault on the Capital Crescent Trail. A short while ago, Anthony Brennan 3rd of Kensington MD was taken into custody on the strength of a District Court arrest warrant. Official press release is available below.
— Park Police MC (@ParkPolice) June 6, 2020
On June 2, Maryland Police took to Twitter for assistance in helping identity a cyclist who attacked three people, including a child, for putting up posters in support of Black Lives Matter. The incident happened on the Capital Crescent Trail near Dalecarlia Tunnel in Bethesda, Maryland; and the tweet included several photos of the man, who is wearing a bright orange helmet and sunglasses.
We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the below individual in reference to an assault that took place this morning on the Capital Creacent trail. Please contact Det. Lopez at 301-929-2774 with any information. Pease reference case number 20001297. pic.twitter.com/EtC9Q0xBOp
— Park Police MC (@ParkPolice) June 2, 2020
The video of the assault, which seems to have been uploaded anonymously, shows the man turning around after a woman told him, “Leave me alone!” He then silently charged at a child, and as he comes closer to the child, the woman yelled, “Do not touch her! Do not touch her! She has nothing. Do not touch her!” Another male voice added “leave her alone!” but the cyclist continued to grab the child by the arm, ripping something she was holding from her hands, while both the woman and man (presumably filming) pleaded with him to get away from the girl.
They were putting up signs to commemorate the death of George Floyd. He wasn't having it. pic.twitter.com/eukrXrxoLN
— Victor Stoddard (@VicStoddard) June 4, 2020
“This got out of hand,” the man filming stated, as the cyclist wordlessly grabbed his bike and then started charging at the man holding the phone. The video ends after the cyclist knocks the phone out of the victim’s hand.
At the time of publication, the video has been viewed almost 25 million times and shared by thousands. Even Attorney General of Maryland Brian Fosh posted the video on his Twitter, asking the public to notify him if they recognize the cyclist. “If anyone can identify this man, please let me know (410-576-6300) and contact Montgomery County States Attorney John McCarthy,” Fosh tweeted. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also retweeted Fosh and asked Twitter to help the Maryland police identify the suspect.
If anyone can identify this man, please let me know (410-576-6300) and contact Montgomery County States Attorney John McCarthy. https://t.co/Y2pO51MHJD
— Brian Frosh (@BrianFrosh) June 4, 2020
This bicycle may be made by Kona Rove Ti. Big Wheel Bicycles in Bethesda MD is the local dealer. They may know him. pic.twitter.com/4bIKELVyW7— Mary Mulderrig (@Mary_Mulderrig) June 5, 2020
One Twitter user suggested using the bicycling app Strava, because the cyclist may log his rides.
Titanium is an expensive material. He is not a casual cyclist. He may have uploaded this ride on https://t.co/C6Hs08i6KR— chrondrite (@chrondrite) June 5, 2020
There’s currently a strong lead, which Fosh posted to Twitter earlier today. Fosh asks Twitter to refrain from naming the individual in order to avoid “harm to innocent people.”
People are urging Twitter to use their tech and resources to identify the man. Twitter has yet to respond. Hopefully, the cyclist is identified sooner rather than later.