Amatuer cyclist Steven Blum was out training on what should be a very safe route, a new bike path through the Texas countryside near Houston, when a man violently attacked him with a metal pipe on Wednesday.
While riding, Blum came upon a runner and offered the usual warning, “rider on the left” to alert him. Seems that did not sit well with the runner, 29-year-old Zachary Nulisch, who attacked Blum with a large metal pipe when their paths crossed a few minutes later, destroying Blum’s front wheel.
“He caught me on the way back at a blind turn, and that’s when you see the video, and he’s running at me with a pipe,” Blum told KHOU News.
The man certainly looks to be very threatening at over 6ft tall, muscular and brandishing a 1-2 inch diameter steel pipe over 2 feet long. This is not surprising if the man is the 29 year-old Zachary Nulisch listed by Verecor who works as a Roustabout/Deckhand on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico for Rowan Companies LLC.
Luckily, Blum had front and rear GoPro cameras on his bike and recorded the entire incident, which he later provided to police after reporting the attack and identifying the attacker on-scene.
Texas Harris County Sheriffs arrested Nulisch on-the-spot. If convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, he could spend up to 20 years in prison.
Nulisch was released out of jail after posting bond and a criminal trial date is pending.
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