WHITTIER — A 19-year old woman was attacked and badly beaten by a group of men while riding her bicycle late Wednesday on the Greenway Trail, authorities said.
The unprovoked attack took place about 10:30 p.m. on the trail between Painter and Greenleaf avenues, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
She approached three or four male suspects described only as wearing dark clothing, police said.
“As they passed each other on the trail, the males pushed her off her bike and began to punch and possibly kick her in the face and body while on the ground,” according to the statement.
The attackers fled when witnesses noticed the commotion and came to the victim’s aid.
The young woman was knocked out during the assault, officials said, but she had regained consciousness by the time police arrived.
She suffered “multiple injuries to her face, teeth, elbows and hands,” and was hospitalized for treatment, according to the statement.
Nothing was stolen from the woman during the attack, and no motive was known.
Wednesday’s attack marked the third violent crime reported on the Greenway Trail over the past month.
A man fought off an attacker who tried to steal his bicycle on the Greenway Trail near Five Points on June 13, police said.
Police arrested a 16-year-old suspect June 4 after he allegedly grabbed a 55-year-old man in a bear hug, then demanded money before fleeing empty-handed.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Whittier Police Department Investigations Division at 562-567-9267.