Cyclist shaken after Dartmouth swarming
John McQuaid says he was punched by someone lying in wait
A Dartmouth cyclist is warning others to be careful after he says he was swarmed by a group of six people while riding his bike on Victoria Road earlier this week.
John McQuaid was riding near Saint Peter's Cemetery early Monday morning when someone stepped into the middle of the road, in front of him. He slowed down.
"At that time I realized his face was covered, he had a boxing glove or mixed martial arts glove of some kind in his hand," McQuaid told CBC News on Thursday.
"He punched me in the jaw."
McQuaid said almost immediately, he saw several young people come over from the opposite side of the street and from the cemetery. He said he counted five or six people in all.
"I lost my balance and fell forward, dropped my bike and I just ran," he said.
McQuaid's bike was taken. Between the stolen bike and the lost hours at work, he estimates he's out about $1,000.
Even though he's gotten a temporary bike, he hasn't shaken off what happened and said he believes the attack was co-ordinated.
"When you have people on either side of the street, when you have weapons, when your faces are covered, this was planned," McQuaid said.
"I just happened to be there, wrong time, wrong place."
Halifax Regional Police confirmed they're investigating the incident. No one is in custody.