Pasadena police are on the hunt for two men suspected of brutally beating and shooting a cyclist during a brazen daytime robbery attempt on Thursday.
Investigators say a man believed to be in his twenties was riding his bike down quiet residential street just after 9 a.m. when a maroon-colored Toyota sedan pulled up alongside him. The men in the car demanded the cyclist's cell phone and cash.
During the confrontation, the suspects pistol-whipped the victim and shot him in the neck.
During the confrontation, the suspects pistol-whipped the victim and shot him in the neck before speeding away. Area residents heard the young man screaming and called for help.
An EMS team arrived at the scene to find the man seriously injured but conscious. He gave a detailed account of the attack to police before paramedics airlifted him to Hermann Memorial–Texas Medical Center.
The condition of the victim, whose name has not been released, remains unknown.
The incident comes after a summer of violent robberies along the Columbia Tap hike and bike trail. Nearly two dozen cyclists were victimized — many at gunpoint — before police arrested a group of nine juveniles.
Pasadena investigators tell KHOU Ch.11 they think the attack was random and hope that security cameras at two nearby churches will lead them to the culprits.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Pasadena Police Department at 713-477-1221. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous.
Watch the KHOU Ch. 11 report: