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Pennsylvania man charged with attempted murder after allegedly running down 3 Baltimore cyclists with truck

A Pennsylvania man was arrested and charged in Baltimore after he allegedly struck three cyclists last month in Baltimore, according to charging documents.

Brian Adams, 32, of Red Lion, York County, faces three counts of first-degree attempted murder and three counts each of first- and second-degree assault related to the incident, police wrote.

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In the documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun on Thursday, officers said they observed two men who were surrounded by other individuals riding bicycles on Aug. 21 in the 1700 block of Eastern Ave. in Fells Point.

The officers interviewed two victims, Joseph Greene and Kenneth Pittrell, who said they were unable to stand because of their injuries, court records show.

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The officer then spoke to a witness, who said he saw a man driving a 2013 red Ford F-150 pickup truck who was accompanied by a woman in the passenger seat. Greene was followed, struck and pinned by the driver between another pickup truck, documents said.

Although other cyclists tried to tell the driver to stop, he accelerated across the double yellow lines and then struck Pittrell and pinned him to a black Cadillac, the statement of charges continues. The driver then fled westbound on Eastern Avenue in the truck, according to the documents.

Security-camera footage was found at the scene by the officer, and he saw the driver run over Pittrell and Greene and flee the scene. The officer was then met by a third victim, Anthony Williams, who said he was struck by the same truck while he was flagging down the driver to stop, according to the documents.

Adams’ identity was confirmed by witnesses and victims Aug. 27 while a photo array was conducted, documents said.

Pittrell said he believed Adams, who is white, may have attacked them after seeing that the cyclists were Black.

“You want to assume that he didn’t ride over top of me because I’m Black, but I think in this situation that it was the case. And it is disheartening,” he said. “If that was 500 white bikers going down the road, would you have burned your rubber in front of their faces? I think the answer would be no.”

Pittrell said he and the group of bike riders raise money for the Maryland Food Bank and at the time of the incident the group included men, women and children.

“To roll over top of me like road kill, it is sad that there are parts of humanity that would allow them to do that to a person,” Pittrell said. “We can’t allow evil to win. We cannot allow hate to win while we are here for love and peace.”

In a news release, the police department wrote that Adams, of Red Lion in York County, was arrested without incident Tuesday afternoon in York by members of the department’s Warrant Task Force and the U.S. Marshals' Task Force.

It is unclear whether Adams has retained an attorney.

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