Tuesday, June 15, 2010

8 attack bicyclist in North Point Breeze

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
By Anthony Fenech, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A man who was beaten last night in North Point Breeze while riding his bicycle home from work is recovering at UPMC Presbyterian's intensive care unit.

Ryan Ferrence, 26, is expected to make a full recovery and could be released from the hospital tomorrow.

The victim was identified as Mr. Ferrence by friend Matt Narvis.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said multiple units responded to a 10:30 p.m. assault call in the 7500 block of Meade Street in North Point Breeze, just in front of East End Food Co-Op.

Mr. Ferrence, who is an employee of the co-op, started to ride his bike home around 9:45, and was attacked by a group of eight people.

As a witness went to help the victim, the group fled, including a man who took the victim's backpack.

According to Ms. Richard, police searched the area for suspects, but were unsuccessful.

Mr. Narvis said the victim suffered a broken collarbone, has bumps and bruises, but "is in good spirits."

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