By Carol Tannenhauser
Three women, at least two from the Upper West Side, were separately assaulted by three teenagers on Citi Bikes while the women were running on the drives in Central Park. It happened on Wednesday at around 9 a.m., police said.
“A group of three Citi Bicyclists approached me as I ran northbound on the East Drive around 75th Street,” one of the women, 32, told the Rag. (She asked that her name not be used.) “They surrounded me with their bikes and shoved me forward to the ground,” she said. “They also crashed into me after pushing me, so one of the kids fell to the ground, too. Then they all rode off headed north.”
Two of the boys were Black, the woman said, and the third she didn’t see. “The cops are reviewing the security footage and hopefully they’ll find these kids,” she added. Meanwhile, she is nursing scrapes and bruises on her hands, knees, elbows, and arms, as well as emotional trauma.
“I run in the park every weekday morning and would consider myself pretty aware, so it was shocking,” she said. “I am a native Upper West Sider and have never felt violated like this…especially in the park.” She reported the incident to the Central Park precinct (at 86th Street in the park) and spent a few hours there “documenting,” as did one of the other women who was attacked on the East Drive at 71st Street, “also an Upper West Sider,” the woman reported. “She was struck on the head from behind.
“Anyhow,” she concluded. “I just think people should be aware of this as it was terrifying!”
No arrests have been made, police said. The investigation is ongoing.