In a terrifying video, an aggressive motorcyclist abandoned his bike in traffic and jumped onto the back of a car, stomping on the windshield until it shattered.
Last week in Philadelphia, a group of motorcyclists, dirt bikers, and ATVs were driving through Center City when one man on a bike jumped off and destroyed a woman’s back windshield.
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In the clip, viewers can clearly see his actions, as well as the driver of the car, when she exits to confront her assaulter. And when she did, the man smashed his helmet into her head and threatened her with a 9 mm handgun.
The victim, Nikki Bullock, immediately got back in her car as she was driving her friend and two small children and wanted to safely remove everyone from the situation. She told the media that while everyone in the car was unharmed, the only reason her children weren’t covered with shattered glass was because her windshield was tinted and therefore didn’t splinter as it could have.
She said she wasn’t scared and explained, “It was a little gun and at that point, my windshield was already broken so, what was he really going to do to me? I’m just grateful that my kids are okay. There’s not a scratch on them.”
The video clip, which was first posted on Instagram, received millions of views in just a few days. And luckily, because of the video taken by a tourist on a double-decker bus, the police were able to show the general public what the man was wearing and what kind of bike he was riding. Several tips came in over the hotline, but it was actually the assaulter’s boss who called and made a positive identification.
When the police arrived at his home, they found the bike and the 9 mm gun, as well as the helmet, shirt, sneakers, and pants he was wearing during the assault. They immediately charged 26-year-old Cody Heron with several counts of aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime.
At Heron’s arraignment on Wednesday, bail was set at 10% of $2,500,000, and for now, Heron remains in custody awaiting trial.
The police have since spoken to the press, and Interim Police Commissioner John Stanford stated that “people are fed up with” this “despicable behavior” and that the Philadelphia police will be prosecuting Heron with the utmost severity for his crimes.
This assault has brought to light the problem Philadelphia faces with ATV and motorcycle meetups. People following the story want to know how local law enforcement will combat these groups and the trouble they cause on the road, though the police have yet to make a formal statement answering this important question.
Although there was a patrol car on the scene, the officers didn’t technically see the assault. And they claim they followed protocol by not chasing the motorcycle through the city as it can be dangerous for pedestrians and other drivers. However, Heron did not get away with his crime, and Councilmember Mark Squilla told the world, “This arrest will send a message that this will not be tolerated.”