Ypsilanti man reports being assaulted after skirting bikers' blockade
A driver who tried to slip through an Ypsilanti intersection being blocked to allow about 75 motorcyclists to pass through says he was punched in the nose by a member of the group this afternoon.
Ypsilanti Police Lt. Craig Annas confirmed the incident and said an investigation is ongoing.
Bill Riney, a 56-year-old Ypsilanti resident, said he suffered a facial injury during the incident, which occurred around 3:15 p.m.Â
“I bled quite a bit for an hour or so,” he said later in the afternoon.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Forest Avenue and River Street as the motorcycle group traveled to Highland Cemetery to memorialize fallen bikers. Riney said he attempted to go through the blockade, but the motorcyclists stopped him, and at least one punched him through the window.
He said the attack occurred until other waiting motorists got out of their vehicles.
After police were called to the scene, Riney got in a patrol car and was driven past the bikers in the cemetery, but he was unable to identify the attacker, Annas said. As required by law, several of the bikers informed police they had permits to carry concealed weapons.
Riney said he had been returning home after distributing free hot dogs and pop to children in a Superior Township neighborhood when the incident occurred.
Ronald Ahrens is a freelance writer for AnnArbor.com.