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Waterloo man punched while biking on trail

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A bike ride, on one of eastern Iowa's many bike trails, takes a sharp and scary turn for one man after he was punched in the head while riding under a bridge.

Waterloo Police took a report of an assault that happened on a bike trail underneath Highway 218 just after 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

John Dalluge say this was a very scary situation. The 47-year-old says he was riding the trail, like he has for the last five years, when he saw a group of teens, he says he instantly knew he was in trouble.

"I estimated 10 black teenagers on the trail blocking it and I knew this wasn't a normal situation and I thought I was kind of in trouble," said Dalluge, Waterloo.

As Dalluge got closer he says he tried to act normal, saying hello to the group of teens, but that didn't stop them from doing what happened next.

"When I tried to get back up on the trail I got punched in the back of the head," said Dalluge. "I rode a little ways and I kind of paused and looked backwards and they kind of watched me and then I went a little farther and then one of the kids jumped on his bicycle and started chasing me."

This was a scary situation for Dalluge and for others who use the trails everyday.

"I am concerned about the other people that come down this trail because I know about these kids and they have no respect for anybody," said Leland Thomas, Waterloo.

Dalluge was riding his bike around 6:00 Sunday night, but he says no matter the time, the underpass is always dark.

"I hope it doesn't scare people away," said Denny McCabe, Waterloo. "They can't do bike patrol 24/7...maybe if they put lights here that would help."

KWWL asked the City of Waterloo about the addition of lights and they say they would have to work with the Waterloo Police Department to see if lights are necessary under the bridge.

"It's a good idea for people to know that the risks are out there because I've been riding the trails for four or five years, and I have put hundreds of miles out on the trails, and yesterday was the first day I had anything happen to me like that and I don't want it to happen to anybody else," said Dalluge.

At this time Waterloo Police have not found the people responsible, but Dalluge described the person that punched him as an 18-year-old with dreadlocks.

If you remember, this is not the first time Waterloo Police responded to an attack on the trails. Last year there were similar cases reported.

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