Be on the lookout for Harvard’s pedaling puncher

Four men have been attacked by a man on a bicycle starting last Tuesday, according to the university's police.

David L. Ryan/Globe staff

Harvard University police are warning the campus community after four men were allegedly punched by a man riding a bicycle.

The first of four incidents happened last Tuesday near Harvard Square, campus police said. Three of the four victims were Harvard graduate students; the remaining victim is not associated with the university.

“In each of the incidents the victims identified the offender as a white male, 20 to 40 years of age, and riding on a bicycle,” police said. “In three of the incidents, no words were exchanged prior to the offender punching the victims.”

The incidents happened during the daytime, or early evening, according to authorities. None of the victims sought medical attention; they didn’t know the alleged offending bicyclist, they said. 


Police aren’t sure if it’s the same man who threw all four punches.

Since the incidents happened off campus, they are being investigated by Cambridge police. Anyone who may know something is asked to call the department at  617-349-3300, or by using the police’s anonymous tip line.

Editor’s note: The headline of this story has been updated to clarify the fact that the alleged puncher was working the pedals of a bicycle, not selling anything.


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