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“I hadn’t heard of any muggings on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and wanted to be sure that others knew about this bold attack.”

by Prince Of Petworth September 6, 2016 at 10:20 am 13 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to make sure that you knew that there was a mugging today on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail this [Monday] afternoon. I was coming to the end of a bike ride with some friends and their two young kids, when pedestrians on the trail warned us of an accident ahead before the bridge that goes over the railroad tracks on the east side of the river into Anacostia Park. A man was down on the ground. He apparently had been knocked off his bike and mugged. His helmet appeared to have fallen off, and his head was bleeding profusely, according to the others on the scene.

A group of people had gathered to stay with him and had called an ambulance. We were told that the muggers had run to the other side of the bridge to the park. We asked if there was anything that we could do before leaving. My friends’ kids were very restless by that point, and we would likely have been more of a hinderance than a help had we stayed. We turned around and took an alternatively route home.

I hadn’t heard of any muggings on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and wanted to be sure that others knew about this bold attack. It was broad daylight, and there were a lot of people out on the trail today since it is a holiday and the weather is cooler than it has been. The man was conscious and talking, and I hope he has a speedy recovery. I wish that there was more that I could have done, but he appeared to be in good hands, and the ambulance was on it’s way. I’m grateful for those who had arrived before us that were able to help. I’ve biked the trail a few times, and am now definitely weary about doing so alone, or even with just a friend. I am not sure if this man was alone or if some of the people who had stayed with him were his friends.”

  • Ally

    Hope he recovers quickly. That’s really horrible, but thank you for letting us know so we can be extra careful near there.

  • Jon

    Something similar but less serious happened to my wife and me in the exact same spot about two years ago. There was a group of teenagers at the bottom of the hill (after the bridge) and they threw a large branch at my wife, just missing her, and tried to push me off my bike. I barely stayed on my bike and we got out of there quickly. before calling the police. I hate to think of what would have happened if my wife was hit with the branch or I was knocked off the bike. Not sure we would have been mugged or if they were just trying to knock us down, but either way, very unsettling. We stopped using the bike trail.

  • smrtcar

    This is terrible. My wife and I have biked this path and she has biked it solo in the past.

  • I. Rex

    So frightening, Can you clarify where on the Riverwalk Trail because I’m confused by the description. the John Phillips Sousa Bridge crossing the river isn’t very visible from the riverwalk trail unless you’re talking about the area of the trail that’s on Barney Circle?

    • OP

      OP here – Hill Easter is correct. Google Maps gives the lat/long as: 38.881330, -76.968201. We were biking south on the east side of the trail and were just about to cross the the bridge over the CSX railroad tracks into the part of Anacostia Park with the ice rink.

      • 031107

        OP, what’s with the picture? Looks like the wrong side of the river.

    • Allan

      Yes the attack was on the north side of the down trail coming across the RR tracks. I actually went by the group of children said hello to them they said hello back to me and one of the little children said hello sir have a nice day my companion was about 100 feet behind me and as he came down the ramp across the river tracks they closed in from each side knocked him off his bike tried to steal his bike I turned around and I was just out raged and went after them I remember yelling for help from two people coming across the bridge to stop them call 911 and that’s all I remember I think all of you for your concern as I recover please be careful on all bike trails

  • HIll Easter

    I’m not the OP, but I suspect it the CSX overpass – near the roller skating rink. About 1/2 mile from the playground/residential area.

    • Allan

      You are
      Correct Hill Easter.

  • Kathy

    Yikes! Thanks for posting this. I’ve biked both sides of the river along the ART at least a few dozen times, usually in the early evenings after work. It has been one of my favorite rides. I have always marveled at the fact that I never saw any shady characters along that wooded stretch. I guess that was wishful thinking. I hope the cyclist recovers quickly and painlessly. I wonder if his helmet wasn’t secured properly.

  • georgiana

    Thank you for posting this article that man attacked is my brother, thank you for bringing this senseless attack to light and to make people aware of this. He is recovering at home, head lacerations, internal chest bruising and a concussion. He is in a lot of pain, what is really sad is he had just spoken to these kids and said hello etc to them. Thank you for all of the people that cared for him.

  • Allan

    Hello everyone

    I’m Allan. I was the guy that was mentioned in the above article. I’m at home recovering and I would like to say thank you to all that assisted me. I have a severe concussion and brusing in the upper chect wall and three large contusions in my head that required stapling. I am very sorry that many of you had to witness this. My partner has some brusing and a swollen wrist. He will be fine. Please be careful on on the bike paths. I will try and update later.


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