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Cyclists attacked with baseball bats on Esplanade Avenue

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating two brutal attacks on bicyclists on Esplanade Avenue that may be related.

The first incident took place Friday at about 2:20 a.m. at the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and N. Robertson Street. The victim told police that someone jumped out in front of him, causing him to slow down, and a second person armed with an aluminum baseball bat stepped into the street and struck the victim in the mouth. Both perpetrators then fled southbound on Esplanade.

The victim was driven to the hospital in a private car. He sustained a fractured jaw with injuries to his upper and lower teeth.

Both subjects were described as black males approximately 16 to 18 years old with thin builds. Both were wearing hooded sweatshirts.

As officers were responding to the first incident, they encountered a second, similar incident in the 1200 block of Esplanade Avenue. In the second incident, another cyclist was approached by two subjects, one of whom struck the victim in the head with a baseball bat and fractured his skull. The victim was unable to provide officers with any description of the perpetrators, but residents in the area said they saw two black males in hooded sweatshirts fleeing the area. 

The NOPD said it is increasing patrols in the area until the perpertrators are caught. Detectives are looking for surveillance video that may have captured the incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111, or contact Detective Tristan Carter at (504) 658-6010.   

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