Sixty-year-old Anthony Brennan III of Kensington, Maryland has been arrested and charged with three second-degree assault charges, according to Maryland-National Capital Park police.
The accident occurred on Monday when a man and two women were walking the Capital Crescent Trail in Montgomery County by publishing flyers in support of Black Lives Matter. According to the police, the suspect started arguing with them about the leaflets and grabbed a few leaflets from one of the victims.
He then pushed his bicycle towards the male victim by dropping him on the ground, according to police. The male victim recorded the entire accident.
After the incident, Maryland-National Capital Park police asked the public for help in finding the suspect, and community members have sent hundreds of suggestions in the past few days. Police used various sources to further confirm this information before identifying Brennan.
Park police contacted Brennan and his attorney on Friday and agreed to search Brennan’s home while members of the Montgomery County State Attorney and park police were present. Police say they found and seized evidence at home.
The police then served Brennan with an arrest warrant on Friday evening after he voluntarily surrendered himself, police said.
Maryland-National Capital Park police thanked the victims for their courage and civic commitment for coming forward in the matter. They also thanked the community for providing tips and information.
The man who shot the video of the cyclist in front of him and his friends while he posted the signs asked CNN not to identify him for fear of retaliation.
CNN cannot independently verify what happened before and after the video and contacted Brennan’s attorney for comment.
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