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Video: Group attacks, robs 19-year-old bicyclist in Orlando

Victim was riding bike home with groceries, deputies say

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County deputies are looking for two of at least three men accused of attacking a 19-year-old man and stealing his groceries earlier this month, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said the victim, Ridnel Meus, 19, was riding his bike home around 6 p.m. on July 11, going west on Alhambra Drive with groceries he had just purchased for his family when the group attacked him.

"I see five of them -- three guys and two girls, and I knew two of them and then one of them stand in front of the bicycle," Meus said. "One of them punched me in my back. So, the one that was in front tried to hold me down for the others punching me. When I was falling on the ground (they), like, stomped on my head, beat me."

The attackers hit the victim in the face, knocking him off his bike, and repeatedly kicked him in the face while he was on the ground, deputies said. The trio then took the victim's bike, threw his groceries in the trash and took his Adidas sandals before they fled on foot, according to the incident report.

"Before I went to the hospital they get on me, take my sandals, my bag. They threw my food away, everything. They threw everything away in front of me," Meus said. "The groceries were for my family and they threw everything away."

Deputies said the victim was bleeding from his mouth and had multiple scrapes and bumps. He was taken to Health Central Hospital for his injuries.

Detectives released the video above that shows part of the attack. Orange County Sheriff's Office said that video will be a key piece of evidence that will help deputies make arrests.

"It's just sad that you can't even go to the grocery store, buy groceries and go home without fear of being attacked. So, we want to make these arrests and we're determined to do so," Watrel said.

Deputies arrested one of the suspects Friday afternoon. A 13-year-old boy is facing one charge of felony robbery in connection to the attack, deputies said. 

The Sheriff's Office said it is still looking for two to three more people believed to be connected to the attack.

Deputies described one of the attackers as a black man with a thin build and believe he was 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He had short dreads and was wearing a white T-shirt and black jeans, the Sheriff's Office said.

The second man was also black and had a thin build and short hair. He was believed to have been 5 feet 8 inches tall and was wearing a white shirt and blue shorts, deputies said.

The third man was also believed to have been black and had a thin build, according to the report. The man was approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and was wearing a black shirt, deputies said.

No other details were available. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.


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