2018-09-12 / Front Page

Four Men Sought In Ridgewood Cyclist Death

By Liz Goff

Police are searching for at least four men who were caught on surveillance video pushing a 65-year-old Ridgewood man off his bicycle, causing injuries that led to his death five days later.

Cops said the victim was pedaling along Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood on the night of August 27th when the men approached from behind in four all-terrain vehicles (ATVs.)

The men were apparently trolling local streets when they spotted flashing lights on the victim’s bicycle, a police spokesperson said. A man driving the first of the four ATVs swerved into Eucario Xelo, knocking him off his bicycle, police said.

The attack was captured on several surveillance cameras in the area, including an NYPD “Eye In The Sky” security camera. The NYPD first installed the Argus cameras at high traffic locations throughout Queens in 2008. The cameras catch the local view and feed it to a central command center, where NYPD personnel monitor activities and call for police response as required.

Police responding to the scene found Xelo, a father of five and grandfather of eight, unconscious with his bicycle nearby. He was taken to a local hospital where he remained in a coma until he was removed from life support on September 1.

The suspects fled the scene in the four ATVs, but were spotted moments later, just blocks away, targeting a second cyclist, police said. That victim was also knocked to the ground, but was not seriously injured.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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