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Boy, 14, arrested in attack of cyclist on Thun Trail

At least 5 other people involved in random act of violence, police say

Boy, 14, arrested in attack of cyclist on Thun Trail

READING, Pa. - A 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday in connection with the attack of a bicyclist on the Thun Trail in Reading over the weekend.

The Oakbrook boy is one of at least a half-dozen people involved in the attack on the trail late Saturday night, police said.

The victim, Sean Rotkiske, was biking home from a birthday party when he was stabbed three times.

"When we got to the road, you could see blood coming through my clothes, and I raised my arm and he saw the cut through my riding coat," Rotkiske told 69 News after his release from the hospital.

The boy in custody was questioned by police earlier Saturday night in connection with a case of theft and vandalism on Logan Street in Reading, but he was let go, police said.

He was then treated at St. Joseph Medical Center for cuts police said he suffered in the stabbing on the Thun Trail, said police, adding that the attack was a random act of violence and not a robbery.

The boy was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

Anyone with information about the attack or the other people involved can call Crime Alert Berks County toll-free at 877-373-9913. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.


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