Two teens were arrested after a bicyclist was struck in the face early Saturday morning on the Southwest Commuter Path, the Madison Police Department said.
Around 1:15 a.m., a 46-year-old man was biking by a group of five to six teenagers near the intersection of North Orchard Street and Spring Street, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said. As he passed, one of the teenagers struck the man in the face, DeSpain said.
The group of teens split up as officers arrived in the area, but the "primary suspect" and another teenager were apprehended, DeSpain said.
A 15-year-old boy was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center on tentative charges of battery and disorderly conduct, along with a curfew violation citation, DeSpain said.
A 16-year-old boy was also taken to the reception center on tentative charges of party to a crime of battery, party to a crime of disorderly conduct and obstructing, he said.
Officers recovered a fake gun from the incident and believe the group may have been involved in the nearby robbery of a man that happened just before the assault, DeSpain said.