Teens assault bike riders, steal bikes

Teens assault bike riders, steal bikes

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - University of Memphis student Dakota Murphy George got a lesson on Memphis crime Tuesday when he reported to police that three teens robbed him and his girlfriend while on a bike ride.

"They ended up pulling my girlfriend off of her bike in the middle of the road," said George. "And after some confrontation, they ended up making off with her bike and my bike."

One of the suspects, all riding bikes themselves, actually left one behind.  It was a red and black "Magna" brand bike.

"There were two vehicles that stopped. One of them, I guess, attempted to hit one of the boys to stop them or something," recalled George.  "I don't know what, but they didn't stay."

The robbery and assault happened in broad daylight in the 4000 block of Rhodes Avenue.  That's just south of the U of M South Campus. George and his girlfriend were on the way from his house near Barron and Getwell to the home of his parents on Colonial.

"But this is the first time I've ever had this happen," said George.

He could not tell whether the teens were armed, but said they were definitely violent.

"They basically told me they weren't afraid of me and told each other, 'Get the bikes!'" said George.

He plans to press charges if and when the teen bike thieves are busted.

Both stolen bikes were registered with The Peddler bike shop.  One of them is a black Trek with LED lights.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 901-528-CASH (2274), texting 'AWARD' to 274637 or visiting www.528cash.org.

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