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Cops nab suspected bike attacker - Metro US

Cops nab suspected bike attacker

City cops have arrested a man they believe responsible for a series of pedestrian attacks stretching back to July.

Between July and September, complainants reported a man on a bicycle waged verbal attacks, swerved toward them, grabbed, kicked or punched them, then rode away.

The assaults took place between 53 and 79 Avenues, and 104 to 122 Streets, and twice in the Aspen Gardens/Snow Valley area.

On the morning of Oct. 6, a man was walking in an alley on 122A Street and 48 Avenue when he noticed a male cyclist riding toward him. The cyclist allegedly approached, kicked him and rode away.

Officers from the Southwest Division located the suspect soon after on 122 Street and 53 Avenue.

James Hugh Irwin, 46, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of assault, two breaches of recognizance, one count each of assault with a weapon, sexual assault and assault causing bodily harm.

Southwest Division acting superintendent Tony Harder said police are “very pleased” with the arrest, as the unsolved assaults were of “particular concern” due to the increasing number of victims.

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