Toledo man charged after allegedly beating up bike rider on Metropark trail
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A Toledo man was charged with felonious assault after officials say he beat up a man on the Chessie Circle Trail.
According to reports, Ryan Carter, 43, repeatedly punched and kicked a man who was riding his bike on the trail.
According to a report from Toledo Metroparks, they received a call on June 6 about a man threatening a woman, who was walking on the Chessie Circle Trail. The woman told officials the suspect said he was going to “beat her [expletive], just like he did the other guy,” if she didn’t leave. She also gave a description of the man.
While Ranger Schneider was responding to that call, he was dispatched to the same location where he found the victim, 70, in the parking lot with blood on his arms, face, and shirt. Officials began treating the victim at the scene.
The victim’s wife, told the ranger she and her husband were riding their bikes on the trial but she did not see what happened because she rode ahead. When her husband didn’t arrive in the parking lot, she rode back and found her injured husband. While she did not witness the attack, the victim’s wife told Schneider she had seen the man that was described by the woman.
According to the witness, the victim was riding his bike when he was approaching Carter, who was walking in the middle of the trail. The victim alerted Carter that he was passing when Carter said something the victim couldn’t hear. The victim stopped and got off of his bike and was immediately approached by Carter, who then pushed the victim to the ground and repeatedly jumped on him, and punched him in the face five times, court documents said. The victim also told the ranger that Carter grabbed his head by his helmet and smashed his head on the ground three times.
The victim was taken to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries.
The following day, Schneider says he was dispatched for a call that was related to the previous day’s assault.
Later that day, Schneider received another call about a man stumbling around on the Chessie Circle Trail who matched Carter’s description. When they arrived on the scene, they couldn’t find Carter, so they headed to his home address where they found him.
When the ranger asked Carter about the incident on the bike trail, Carter told him he was trying to help the guy because “he didn’t look well” and he was shaking the victim to try to wake him up after he was on the ground. He denied hitting the victim but he did admit to telling a woman to leave because he didn’t want her to see the victim.
Carter was then arrested and transported to Lucas County Jail.
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