Pittsburgh police search for South Side bicyclist's attacker

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Pittsburgh police are searching for a man who they say chased down a bicyclist on the South Side and stabbed him repeatedly Wednesday night in an act that may have been fueled by road rage.

Lt. Kevin Kraus said the bicyclist, a 25-year-old man, was riding across the Hot Metal Bridge onto Water Street when he believed he may have cut off the motorist shortly before 11 p.m.

The car, a grey sedan, followed him to Harcum Way, where the cyclist dismounted, put the bike over his shoulder and began scaling the steps.

A man in the sedan jumped out and followed him up the steps, Lt. Kraus said. It's unclear if it was the driver or a passenger.

"Without saying a word, [he] began stabbing him in the head and neck," cutting the cyclist in the throat with a small hunting knife, Lt. Kraus said.

The man suffered multiple injuries to his head and a slit to his throat that extended from his ear to the middle of his neck.

The attacker took the cyclist's bike and threw it into the bushes.

The bloodied cyclist then stumbled down the steps and called 911, meeting paramedics on Sarah Street. He was taken to UPMC Mercy, where he was listed in critical condition but was expected to survive.

He was also able to speak to investigators Wednesday night.

Lt. Kraus asked anyone with information to call the city homicide unit at 412-323-7161.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 and on Twitter @MoriahBee.


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