A scientist was brutally attacked by a ‘huge’ gang of teenagers who kicked and spat at him after pushing him from his bike.
Johan Henriksson, 33, was covered in blood after the attackers ‘hit a vein’ on his forehead after surrounding him as he travelled home from the gym at about 5pm on January 4.
The gang of 16-18 year olds also caused £100 of damage to his bike during the unprovoked attack on a Cambridge cycle path.
The post-doctoral student was covered in blood when a gang of teenager ‘hit a vein’ in his forehead as he made his way home from the gym
Johan, a Swedish post-doctoral student at the Sanger Institute, said he believes the thugs have also carried out other attacks on the path in the previous four weeks.
He said: ‘These people were blocking the road and looking for a fight obviously.
‘I think they were looking to have some fun – whatever their definition of fun is.
‘I saw a huge group. It’s a dark path and I hit the brakes and I already was surrounded by four or five teenagers.
‘They had been messing with some other people right before me.
‘These people were cycling around me and surrounding me and running into my bike. One guy said we should maybe gang up on this guy, I heard that clearly.
‘At some point they took down my bike. I have a faded memory but I remember some people were trying to kick me and my glasses have broken.’
The teenagers also caused £100 worth of damage to Mr Henriksson’s bicycle after attacking him on the cycle path
The bicycle wheel was streaked with blood after teenagers ‘hit a vein’ in the student’s forehead
The thugs floored Johan before unleashing a barrage of kicks against his head, leaving him covered in blood.
He then got a taxi to hospital, where a two-inch gash on his head had to be glued together by doctors.
Police have since confirmed they are investigating the attack.
Johan, who has lived in Cambridge for four years, added: ‘They were mainly laughing and talking to each other. What they were doing is trying to show off to their other friends.
The academic’s coat was stained with blood following the attack, which left a two-inch gash that had to be glued together by doctors
‘They were trying to spit in my direction on me.
‘They hit a vein and I guess that’s why there was so much blood. But it was five people.’
He said he has since arranged a meeting with police who have photos of potential suspects, who Johan hopes to identify.
The gang of youths wore dark clothing and none had lights on their bikes.
Johan has since shared a Facebook post about the attack, which has drawn several comments from people also claiming to have seen the group.
Oliver Griffin said: ‘It might help to know that at about 5.15 on Thursday 4/1/18 I was threatened and spat at by a group of 4-5 youths on the Guided Busway cycle path.
‘I was cycling south and had just passed the Long Road underpass, and they were cycling northwards.
‘It sounds like it could be the same guys that attacked you.’