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Cyclists want more police patrols after alleged assault

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond cyclists are on edge after one of their own was allegedly attacked. It reportedly happened Friday night in Forest Hill Park when a mountain biker was punched in the face by a teenager.

An alert went to the cycling community about the incident. A man said he was riding his bike in Forest Hill near Reedy Creek when he approached a group of teenagers. He signaled for them to move aside and they did. However, the last teen in the group allegedly punched the cyclist in the face.

Both community members and cyclists now want police to step up patrols in all city parks, including Forest Hill.

According to the cycling group Richmond MORE, the park used to have regular police bike patrols. Park goers said bike patrol is rare these days.

The Richmond Police Department issued the following statement in regards: "Our patrols, such as on bike, by foot and by vehicle, are based on need, staffing, weather and a variety of other factors."

Cyclists said Tuesday that city parks should be a priority for police patrols.

"I'm going to speak to my neighborhood association about it and see what we can do," said cyclist Mandy Patterson. "I don't think having a full-time officer at Forest Hill is unrealistic, I think that should happen."

The Richmond Police Department did respond to the incident, but a police report was never filed about this attack. The department didn't confirm whether they plan on stepping up patrols in Forest Hill or any other park at this time.

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