Cyclists Attacked by BB-Gun-Wielding Teenagers on the Rickenbacker Causeway UPDATED

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The Rickenbacker Causeway has proved a dangerous place for bike riders of late. Cyclists Aaron Cohen and Christophe LeCanne were killed by hit-and-run drivers in 2012 and 2010, respectively. Several other cyclists have been injured recently in similar incidents.

But in the past two days, cyclists have started seeing an even more sinister type of assault on the Rickenbacker. Several bikers have been attacked by a silver car full of BB-gun-wielding teenagers. Nolan Farhy was shot in the leg and back at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon as he peddled near the Rusty Pelican.

"I felt something ricochet off my leg," says Farhy. "It stung. When I looked over, I saw these three kids in a car with the window was down. The kid in the back had something in his hand... and they were laughing."

The teenagers, who were all white, sped off before Farhy could take a photo of their license plate. He returned home with several bloody welts and told his girlfriend the story.

"He didn't want to make a big deal out of it," Christina Warren says. "But what if had been shot and was so shocked that he crashed?"

Farhy isn't the only one reporting such attacks.

"Cyclists be careful riding on KB [Key Biscayne]," wrote local cyclist Michael Nunez on his Facebook page. "There's a grey VW sedan that is shooting (not with a gun, possibly a slingshot) at cyclists while riding. I was hit today, among others as well, and was left with a bruise."

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Courtesy of Leah Weston
A tack pulled from Leah Weston's flat tire this morning
Other cyclists say the Rickenbacker bike lanes have been mined with tacks, although it's unclear whether the same group of teens is responsible.

"I was riding my bike this morning eastbound in the bike lane when I saw a group of cyclists stopped," writes Leah Weston. "Several of them had their bikes flipped over and were tending to flats. The cyclists said that there were tacks on the ground. I continued on my ride. On my way back, I started to notice that it became harder to ride. When I got back, I pulled out one of the tacks/nails/whatever (see attached photo) from my tire."

Neither Miami-Dade nor Miami police had any information available on the attacks, which technically appear to have occurred in unincorporated Dade.

Farhy says he's had bottles and other items thrown at him before on the Rickenbacker. This time, however, he plans to file a police report and is confident he could identify his attackers if cops let him look at footage from the Rickenbacker tollbooths.

"I wasn't going to make a big deal out of it," he says, "but then this morning they apparently hit a whole group [of cyclists]."

"We all did mischievous things when we were young," Farhy says. "But doing it the second day in a row at 8:30 in the morning? These guys obviously have some kind of intent. Have to be really stupid or have some evil vendetta against bikers."

In fact, Miamians are particularly aggressive towards cyclists, he adds.

"You can have road rage anywhere," says Farhy, who was close friends with Cohen before his accident. "But Miami, in particular, is a difficult place because you have a lot of people from other countries who don't obey the rules of the road... It's the culture in Miami. And it's dangerous."

Check back for updates and contact this reporter with any more info about the attacks. Thanks to Transit Miami for the tip.

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25 comments
chipahoy
chipahoy

better hope one of the bikers isnt carring a pistol in a fanny belt....thats what i call a justified shooting.

markmarshall666
markmarshall666

99.99% of violent criminals are murderous black savages, but the libtarded media censors their race in news articles. A few white kids pull a harmless prank and the libtarded media states their race. Can you say hypocrisy?

doublestandards
doublestandards

So they get called youths if they're black and committing a crime, and white if they're white and committing a crime. Huh.

christinarosewarren
christinarosewarren

3pm Yesterday - I called Miami-Dade Police non-emergency #305-476-5423 and informed them about the incident with Nolan. (He is my boyfriend) They took my name and phone # and said they would alert units and call me back re: report. They never called back.

12:20pm Today - Called Miami-Dade Police non-emergency #305-476-5423.. I spoke with a supervisor about both yesterday and todays incidents. She said that Rickenbaker is an unincorporated area of Dade County. She said by calling them at the non-emergency # they can only dispatch a BALO (be on the lookout) they can not do anything else. She advised that Nolan needs to file a delayed police report today by calling the non-emergency # and having them send a police office to our home to physically file a report. She shared with me that her daughter was shot in the neck with a BB and she realizes the danger. I told her the culprits should loose their licenses and be forced to bike.. she said it needs to go a step further.. "they need to be incarcerated!"

1:15pm Today: Nolan called above non-emergency # and requested to file delayed report. He was advised that an officer would call him to file a report via the phone. He has not received a call from an officer as of 4:30pm.

From what I understand the other bikers shot this morning did file reports on scene.

christinarosewarren
christinarosewarren

Ruben van Hooidonk's status.

More people shot on the Rickenbacker.

This morning three bicyclists were hit by pellets of a BB gun. While riding Southbound towards the Key around 8:30 a car pulled up besides a cyclist, the passenger lowered the window and shot the cyclist in the back. He then proceeded up the road to the next bicyclist and did the same. Passenger and driver are Caucasian youth driving a Silver Volkswagen Jetta with letters on the license plate: BUV (not 100% sure). This happened yesterday as well, and the police has been notified.

cpchester
cpchester

Did anyone call 911 after they got shot at? It doesn't sound like it. That is a huge fail. There are almost always M-D police somewhere along the Causeway and probably would have been able to find the driver quickly. 


Jeannette Rodriguez
Jeannette Rodriguez

I don't understand what goes on in someone's head when they decide to do something like that...just awful.

illined
illined

kids need to be caught and the cyclists need to drive going into the key on the correct side of the bridge

Valerie Hower
Valerie Hower

wtf? seriously? what about runners and other pedestrians in the pedestrian area. Are they being hit too?

Iamdigi Talfire
Iamdigi Talfire

Lucky they didn't catch an armed citizen... A BB gun can be confused for a real weapon. Easy for someone to fire on them in self defense.

kortag
kortag

Damn white teenagers.


roly
roly

probably the same assholes who shot us with frozen paintballs on 2nd ave

pod_nt
pod_nt

The attackers are fortunate this situation didn't escalate. At speed and at a distance, a BB gun will look like a standard firearm, and well, this is Miami...



chipahoy
chipahoy

i agree, he is a moron. i just hope he hasnt reproduced...

max.w.tau
max.w.tau

@markmarshall666 99.99% of violent criminals are "murderous black savages"... in Mark Marshall's world, facts dont matter, only his own racist tint through which he sees the world.


These little punks are indicitave of a serious problem with the kids of Key Rats,  namely, they have too much free time on their hands and no parental supervision.

londoncyclist
londoncyclist

Given that every car has to go through the toll booth on the way to key biscayne. It would not be too hard to find the likely volkswagen jetta with the license plate info given using cameras on the toll booth I would think? 

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