Off-duty cops foil attackers

Published 10:12 am Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Six people are facing potential criminal penalties in a series of water attacks on three pedal pubs in Minneapolis, including one that carried six off-duty police officers.

PedalPub Twin Cities manager Lisa Staplin said the first two “Mad Max”-style attacks Saturday evening involved bicyclists who sprayed a driver and passengers with high-powered water guns and threw water balloons at them. She said the pilot of the first pedal pub was momentarily blinded by the blast.

“They stopped her in the middle of the street, they blasted her directly in the face and they got a couple of other people, and this is all happening in the street,” Staplin said.

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But the third attack on the slow-moving, people-powered, 16-seat vehicles was foiled when passengers saw the approaching cyclists and held them until Minneapolis police arrived. Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieske confirmed that six of his off-duty officers were onboard. He said he has asked the Minneapolis Police Department for a full investigation.

The police report shows the suspects were booked on suspicion of offenses including terroristic threats, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.