Two teens in Marion County are now facing charges after allegedly assaulting a cyclist on Raccoon Mountain.
The incident happened last month and now those teens are scheduled to appear before a judge.
Anders Swanson claims the two teens confronted him two different times and on the third time, told police one of the teens sprayed him with mace. They crime made waves in the cycling community. Many of whom say they're happy with the charges, but admit, there's a larger issue at hand here.
"I can think of several incidents where people have had a similar sort of thing but just really had no way of proving it. Maybe if these guys are made examples of, people will think twice before they do it again," says Erik Hunt of Owen Cyclery.
While Hunt says work has been slow, Swanson's attack is still proving to be the talk of the town.
"There's a lot of talk about it. There's a lot of frustration so I think people really want to see something kind of come of this just to let other cyclists know that there is a voice out there," says Hunt.
Hunt is hoping Swanson's attack sends a message to others. Meanwhile, Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett says over the course of the month, he's had many critics in this case.
"I didn't like it cause they don't know the whole facts.They were just getting one side of the story and a lot of times in law enforcement you run into that," says Sheriff Burnett.
Last week, Burnett turned the case over to the Marion County District Attorney's Office. This past Monday, DA Mike Taylor gave the green light to the Sheriff's Office to file charges. While the progress is encouraging to everyone standing up for the victim, many are wondering why so many law enforcement agencies and news organizations had to get involved before anybody was officially charged.
"I think there's a lot of frustration. It's sad that it happened to kids but I guess timing being what it is, it just something that needed to be done," says Hunt.
Police have not released the names of the minors involved.
The 16-year old is charged with two counts of traffic violations and 1 count of assault.
The 14-year-old is charged with blowing an air horn, making an unnecessary and unreasonably loud sound.
Both teens are set to make their first appearance before a juvenile court judge March 13th. By Alyssa Spirato