Anthony Brennan III of Kensington, Maryland, has been charged with three counts of second-degree assault.
According to a press release issued on Friday evening, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police have made an arrest in the cyclist assault case that occurred on the Capital Crescent Trail on Monday.
Thanks to tips from the community we identifed a suspect in the assault on the Capital Crescent Trail. A short while ago, Anthony Brennan 3rd of Kensington MD was taken into custody on the strength of a District Court arrest warrant. Official press release is available below.— Park Police MC (@ParkPolice) June 6, 2020
Three young people were posting flyers in memory of George Floyd on the Bethesda trail when a male cyclist approached them and started arguing with them. He grabbed flyers out of a girl's hands and charged at a young male with his bicycle, knocking him to the ground.
Thanks to social media and news reports, the video of the assault circulated the internet, resulting in hundreds of tips as to the suspect's identity. After an investigation, police identified Anthony Brennan III as the primary suspect.
"Contact was made with Mr. Brennan and his legal counsel earlier today," the press release states. "Consent was provided to search his home while members of the State’s Attorney’s Office and Park Police were present. Items of evidentiary value were seized. A subsequent arrest warrant was obtained and served on Mr. Brennan this evening after he voluntarily turned himself into detectives."
Brennan, 60, of Kensington, Maryland, has been charged with three counts of second-degree assault.
The police department is appreciative of the public's assistance in helping to identify the suspect:
"The Maryland-National Capital Park Police appreciates the courage and civic engagement of the victims who came forward in this matter," the statement reads. "We thank the community for the abundance of tips and information shared. In addition, we are grateful for technical assistance provided by the Montgomery County Department of Police, Criminal Investigations Division, and the legal support of the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office."