BRITISH COLUMBIA

Second Narrows Cyclist Beaten

10/26/2012 05:13 EDT | Updated 10/26/2012 05:17 EDT
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North Vancouver RCMP are looking for a cyclist who beat another rider while crossing the Second Narrows Bridge.

The 49-year-old Langley victim was travelling southbound on Oct. 17 at about 5 p.m. when he pulled over to let an oncoming cyclist pass, said a news release on Friday.

For some reason, the oncoming cyclist punched the victim twice in the head, put him in a choke hold and continued to punch him six to eight more times.

The suspect then took off on his bike.

"This unprovoked assault appears to be a random act of violence towards the victim," Cpl. Richard De Jong said.

The motive remains unclear, but investigators believe a factor may be the victim was travelling in the wrong direction on the bridge's sidewalk.

Earlier this month, biking advocates raised safety issues with the bridge's sidewalks, which are too narrow for cyclists and pedestrians to pass at the same time.

The suspect is described as a 200-pound, middle-aged white man with sandy or reddish medium length hair. He was wearing a yellow jacket.

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