WARREN - A Mineral Ridge man hoping to check out the new section of an area bike trail this weekend was attacked, beaten and robbed of his bicycle
Nicholas Baldwin, 27, told police two males threw rocks at him, beat him and stole his bike Saturday afternoon. Baldwin on Monday was out of the hospital and had returned to work after his recovery.
According to a police report, Baldwin said he was attacked shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday when two unknown males started throwing rocks at him as he approached the bridge near Woodland and Railroad streets at Charles Street. Baldwin told police the men knocked him off his bike and beat him. He said his glasses were knocked off during the attack leaving him unable to identify the attackers.
After getting away to a nearby street, Baldwin was spotted bleeding and lying on the ground by a passing motorist. The motorist called 911, reports state. Reports indicated that Baldwin had possible internal injuries, severe lacerations and a swollen cheek. When police arrived, they found him bleeding from the head. He was taken by ambulance to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Baldwin's full-size bluish-gray Frontier mountain bike valued at $350 was taken.
Baldwin's father, Dennis, said Monday evening that his son was recuperating over the weekend, but felt well enough to return to work Monday.
Dennis Baldwin said his son received staples in his head from the attack, but said, "He wanted to go back to work.''
Dennis Baldwin said his son had called him from his cell phone immediately after the attack.
''He called me, and I told him he needed to get near the road so someone could see him,'' he said.
Dennis Baldwin said his son is an avid bike rider often riding along the trail in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, and simply wanted to check out the new section of the trail in Warren.
''That was his first time on the new section of the trail. He wanted to see what it was like and wasn't familiar with the area,'' Dennis said noting his son has never had any problems before when riding his bike.
A police spokesman said Monday detectives are looking into the incident. Anyone with information on the attack can call the Warren Police Department.
Police advise bikers who ride on the bike trail to be aware of their surroundings. Whenever possible, ride with a group.
Baldwin told authorities he just wants his bicycle back and is offering a reward for its return.