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Confrontation with bicyclists caught on video

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A seventy four year old man, with a clean criminal history, is now charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief in connection with a 'caught on camera' encounter with a group of cyclists.

The cyclists said they ride the same 2 mile loop in the same  Montgomery County neighborhood every Thursday. They've done so for 15 years.  It happens to be Sherman Clark's neighborhood. 

Video taken by one the cyclists this past Thursday shows Clark shortly after he got out of his gray truck and confrontation ensued.

Cyclist:  "So why are you holding the bat there?"

Clark: " What?"

Cyclist: "Why are you holding the bat?"

Clark: "To protect myself"

Cyclist:  "From what? What did we do?  From cyclists?"

When Clark was arrested, he told sheriff investigators he's had problems with other cyclists in the past. 

The participants of this particular group say moments before the video was taken, Clark intentionally drove his truck around them, used the truck to run one person off the road, then injured a second person when he slammed on his brakes, and the cyclist slammed into the truck, breaking a wrist on impact.

Clark grabbed a bat.

They grabbed their camera phones.

"You drove right past us, no problem.  You got in front of us, didn't you?  You got in front of us?," a cyclist is heard saying on the recording. And then somebody tried, yeah, and you ran them off the road?"

Clark: " Yes.  You're damn right."

Cyclist:  "Okay, thank you."

The video and a second clip which shows the cyclists kicking Clark's truck as he leaves the scene and runs over a 5 thousand dollar bike in the process,  have been posted, shared and commented on by Facebook users for much of the day.

As Clark sat in the Montgomery County jail on a $3000 bond, he gathered a lot of online critics who say he endangered the lives of people who had every legal right to ride their bikes on a public road.

But he also has a lot of supporters, many who seem to live in rural areas and isolated neighborhoods, like Clarks.

 

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