Man who assaulted cyclist identified thanks to fitness app

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LOUDOUN CO. – A man riding a bike who, police say, assaulted another cyclist has been identified and charged with the help of a fitness tracking app and the public.

Last month, a man was riding his bike on the Washington & Old Dominion trail near Ashburn Village Boulevard and attempted to pass two bicyclists.

That’s when, police say, Edward Shortnacy, 48, of Vienna, reached his arm out to intentionally strike the victim. The victim fell to the ground and was seriously hurt. Shortnacy continued to ride off in the opposite direction.

The victim was taken to a hospital and was later released.

Police say Shortnacy was using the STRAVA app during the time of the assault. Through the investigation and interviews with witnesses, police were able to identify Shortnacy as the suspect.

Shortnacy turned himself in Thursday morning and was released on a $5,000 bond, police say.

Police say they charged Shortnacy with malicious wounding.

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