Man attacked on the Monon Trail; police offer simple tips to protect yourself

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By Eric Levy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 11, 2014) -- An Indianapolis man is recovering after he told police he was attacked and robbed on the Monon Trail.

It happened along the trail near E. 35th St. and Fall Creek around 7:30 p.m. Friday night. An officer with the Ranger Division of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was flagged down by Douglas Eslinger, 57, who said four men approached him in that area of the Monon Trail. Police say the men punched Eslinger in the head and on other parts of his body, then pushed him to the ground and kicked him repeatedly. The men took off with Eslinger's bike, backpack and close to $50 from his pants pocket. Eslinger was taken to Methodist hospital.

"I heard about it, but you know, you gotta watch your surrounding," said Jacob Seilu, a bicyclist on the Monon.

Tracey Andrejko also heard about the reported attack, and she's all about keeping tabs on her surroundings.

"Who's in front of me, who's behind me, who's coming up, guys with hoods up, absolutely," she said.

The earbuds or headphones for music are something police suggest avoiding, that way you'll be more aware of potential danger. Bring your phone with you, and make sure it's fully charged in case you need to call for help.

"Try to ride with someone, if it's possible," Seilu said. "Follow other riders, not to ride by yourself."

Police have not made any arrests in connection with the attack.

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