NYPD: Deliveryman on bicycle attacked pedestrian using bike chain

August 21, 2018 - 8:39 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police are hunting a bicyclist who punched a pedestrian in the head after wrapping a bike chain around his fist last month.

The incident happened in Hell’s Kitchen just before 9 p.m. on July 26, when the cyclist and 22-year-old pedestrian nearly crashed into one another at the corner of West 44th Street and Ninth Avenue.

According to police, the two started screaming at one another and when the 22-year-old tried to walk away, the cyclist attacked.

The cyclist, who appeared to be a food deliveryman, took off his bike chain, wrapped it around his fist and then punched the pedestrian in the back of the head, according to police.

The attacker took off as EMS responded and transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male standing 5’7” or 5’8” tall. He was last seen on a blue 10-speed blue bike and wore a black backpack with the world “Relay” printed on it.

Relay is a service that connects delivery workers with restaurants in New York City.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.