‘Armed’ Cyclists Attack Pedal Pub

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TOM WALLACE The visibility of the slow-moving traveling taverns makes them an easy target for frustrated neighbors, operators say.

TOM WALLACE
The visibility of the slow-moving traveling taverns makes them an easy target for frustrated neighbors, operators say.


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Five of the six cyclists arrested Saturday for allegedly spraying squirt guns and throwing water balloons at PedalPub revelers in downtown Minneapolis were charged Tuesday with misdemeanors. A sixth person arrested after the water attacks was released without charges.

Charged were John Davis Rock, 24; Kurtis Wayne Johnson, 31; Jason Leonard Carlton, 42; Francis Wayne Bellanger, 26, and Mark William Dean, 31. All are Twin Cities residents. Rock is charged with fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct, Johnson with fifth-degree assault, and the other three with disorderly conduct. All were released shortly after being booked into the Hennepin County jail over the weekend on $78 bond each.

Most of them have public Facebook pages on which they defended their actions and decried their arrests. A posting by Bellanger directed at the other defendants highlighted the phrase, “All I heard was, ‘I swear it will be funny,’ and then we were in jail … ” with the comment, “Sound familiar, guys?”