WORCESTER – On Wednesday evening, members of the Worcester Police Bicycle Task Force arrested two teenagers inside the Pearl and Elm Garage for riding their bikes directly at vehicles and moving away at the last moment — a new, dangerous trend called “swerving.”
Officers were told by dispatch that the two teens – a 13-year-old and 15-year-old – were wearing masks and harassing motorists as they were leaving the parking garage.
When the officers found the teens on the top floor of the garage, they were on yellow Ofo bikes – part of a bike-sharing program recently launched on the Worcester Common – and one of the teens was holding a white mask. Both were carrying backpacks.
The teens told the WPD that they had located the Ofo bikes on the street and didn’t pay to rent them. The bikes were taken back to police headquarters for a representative of the Ofo company to pick up.
According to the WPD, the teens provided no legitimate excuse as to why they were in the garage. They were arrested for trespsassing. A search of the 15-year-old’s backpack produced a double-edged knife. The 15-year-old was additionally charged with carrying a dangerous weapon.
The two teens will be arraigned at the Worcester County Juvenile District Courthouse on a date yet to be determined.
To understand what swerving is, please watch video below: