WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police confirm that a bicyclist was attacked on Tuesday evening on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
Police say the 37-year-old male bicyclist from Silver Spring was knocked off his bike at 5:35 p.m. on the trail near Third and S Streets NE, then kicked and punched by a group of more than a dozen teens, ages 15-17 years old, both male and female.
The man suffered non-life-threatening yet serious injuries and was taken to the hospital, according to police.
Police say the man was not robbed, just beaten. Now, there are questions about why it took police almost 24 hours to put out the word. We posed that question to District 5 Commander Andrew Solberg and he explained that he feels it's an isolated, yet disturbing incident, and they need to keep information close to the investigation.
On Wednesday, we saw a strong police presence at the site of the attack.
Angela Miller jogs on the trail a few times a week, "I just figured I would come back out no matter what, and I'm going to come to the walk on Friday." Miller is talking about a safety walk the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and others will hold Friday, beginning at 6:30pm at the entrance at 3rd Street and Randolph Place NE.
Sherri Joyner of West Hyattsville bikes daily to and from work said, "How terrible and I think who are these youngsters who have decided to follow such a horrible path."
Joyner says she doesn't usually see groups of teens on the trail. Most WUSA9 spoke to, said they don't either.
Paul d'Eustachio says peole shouldn't let this incident deter them, "This is a great route, a nice alternative to riding on the street, I'm here, I encourage other people to be out here, the more people that are out here, the safer it is."
The trail has been the site of robberies in the past, but never anything like this.
DC Police say they're looking at surveillance video, and continuing he investigation.