Bicycle gang terrorizes Lycoming County community

Juveniles riding on bikes are intimidating residents.

WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- A certain bike gang has been stirring up trouble in Williamsport for the past few months and now community members say they're fed up.

People have been furious over the activities of this gang, and we're talking bicycles not motorcycles. The community has taken their anger to social media to complain, but say they're still not getting any results to put it out of action.

"When I first moved to the area it was decent, and then it started to turn like Philadelphia with all the drugs and the stealing," says David Hauman of Williamsport.

Lately, the Williamsport community has been juveniles riding around through neighborhoods on bicycles where they are intimidating residents and also stealing bicycles.

"We have friends whose children's bikes have been stolen and it's been very disturbing, especially since the kids have worked very hard in paying for their own bikes," says Ann House of Williamsport.

"A kid stole my daughters bike, he had flattened the tires, the lock was gone," says Shawn Connelly, radio host for WXPI.

But it's not just the thefts. A couple of weeks ago, the gang allegedly assaulted an elderly man as they were trying to take his bike from him near Newbury Park. The incident happened in broad daylight, and the community says there needs to be more done about this.

"I think the police- we pay our tax dollars hard at work and they're just sitting there doing nothing about it," says Hauman.

"I think the neighborhood watch idea could be more promoted," says House.

However, Connolly says having police punish the kdis is not the answer. He blames the problem on the lack of after-school programs. He also worries about the social media comments, some of which threaten violence if the members of the gang are caught. He says seeing how people are reacting on social media saying they will threaten these kids with guns saddens him.

"I'm not saying what they're doing is right, but to threaten them with some kind of violence, you're not helping the situation," says Connolly.

No matter what the repercussion is for the bike gang, if the community can agree on one thing, it's that enough is enough.

"I think there's not enough appropriate boundaries being set and children don't have sense of what's right and appropriate," says House.

Police tell Eyewitness News they hope someone will catch those involved in the gang on surveillence or cell phone video and then forward that video to investigators.

Police also say those videos should be handed over to the police department before they are posted to social media.


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