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Senior attacked while riding bike in Orlando's Holden Heights neighborhood

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Orlando police investigators are trying to identify and locate a group of juveniles who attacked a 68-year-old man as he was riding his bicycle early Monday evening in Orlando's Holden Heights neighborhood.  

Jimmie Thompson says he was riding down 29th Street near S. Orange Blossom Trail when he passed by some young "strangers."

"One of them said, 'Hey, you come here!' and I knew something wasn't right there.  So, I kind of like sped up a little bit," he said.  "About 7 to 8 guys attacked me."

The group of young people, described as being in their late teens or early twenties caught up with the retiree,  right in front of Catalina Elementary School.

"I went down like that, and I was laying on my back and side and he was kicking me and slapping me and stuff."

According to Thompson, he was overpowered by the kicking and beating.

"It was a lot.  Hit me with a stick on my neck."

This senior citizen was also left with a cut on his knee.

"Luckily, that's the only bruise I got."

Thompson said the suspects got away with his black and gold Gary Fisher bicycle, worth around $500.  He said it has his name on the handle bars. 

"I was traumatized.  They could have had a gun."

The thieves also took several bank cards, according to Thompson.  He later found the pouch that they took behind his apartment complex, but it was empty.

"The bag was in the dumpster."

Despite the attack, he said he plans to keep pedaling on but will avoid dark streets.

"I can't stay locked up! You gotta live!"

He hopes the young crooks start taking a different cycle in life.

"Stay home, get some books, get a life."

School administrators would not say if there is surveillance video of the attack.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477 (8477).


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