West Philadelphia Man Will Serve 5-20 Years For ‘Flash Mob’ Assault on Cyclist

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 23-year-old West Philadelphia man has pleaded guilty to a vicious assault on a bicyclist during a “flash mob” riot at Broad and South Streets two years ago.

As part of a plea deal, the defendant has been sentenced to 5-20 years in prison.

Defendant Stephen Lyde has admitted he was one of several men who attacked 56-year-old Thomas Fitzgerald, who was struck from behind while riding his bicycle, then pummeled into seizures and a coma (see previous story).

Fitzgerald is still suffering from the May 2009 attack and has not been able to return to work, but in court he heard the defendant say he was sorry and apologetic.  And Fitzgerald says he accepts the apology.

“Yeah, I kind of feel… it’s strange, but I feel bad for him, too, the way his life has turned out,” he told KYW Newsradio today.

Lyde had used Fitzgerald’s stolen ID to make purchases at Nieman-Marcus and Armani after the attack, and Judge Schulman called that the literal definition of “adding insult to injury.”

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • dmac

    Supposed the prosecution had dated a mobster would that make it okay,as by is mob wife on tv

  • Philly

    Ok I just watched the news. Every flash mob victim was white and the people in the mobs were all black. So this is a race crime . Can you imagine if 20 white kids went out tonight and beat up black people !

  • Mad as hell

    Only in America do you get rewarded for criminal behavior! This maggot will have it much better in prison. He feels “kinda bad” for the way the cyclist’s life turned out. Are you effing kidding me? He is the reason the cyclist’s life turned out the way it did!!! Take this POS out back and get rid of him!

  • sickandtired

    cut one of his hands off

  • Angry Revolutionary

    Feeling bad for the perp is exactly why we are so soft in this country. The perp made a choice and he needs to be held accountable. We dont need to pity him or cry for him.

  • Fishing bubba

    5 years means he will be out in 365 days since he has already served 2 years already. Unless he was out on bail. Many kids know all about good time served, overcrowding, and just plain running out of the $50k a year used to house these animals.

    He has big lips and now he should use it to talk his way out of prison…


    We’ll see just how “tough” this little PUNK is in prison……HAHAHAHAHAHA

    • kfjieogerw

      Wow, you’re really getting off on thinking about that. You might want to see a professional.

  • http://www.usmessageboard.com/race-relations-racism/172244-finally-a-crackdown-on-flash-mobs.html#post3776543 Finally a crackdown on flash mobs - US Message Board - Political Discussion Forum

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  • Marty Griffin

    I am the greatest reporter in Pittsburgh

  • BOB

    Jennifer Mitrick the prosecutor who dated a drug dealer tried the case, I wonder if she asked lil steve for his number ?

  • John Sebastion

    Why support him . Take him out back and put a bullet in his head

  • Hater

    “As part of a plea deal, the defendant has been sentenced to 5-20 years in prison.” Not bad for attempted murder. I guess he’ll be out by year’s end. Only in America.


      Another POS off the street……at least for a little while. MANY, MANY MORE to go……..

    • huh?

      I understand the rest of your comment, but I don’t get the “Only in America” part. Do you understand that the U.S. incarcerates a larger percentage of its citizens than any other country? We love to keep people in jail. Private prisons make good money off of it. Not saying this guy will stay in jail, as I would have no way of knowing that, but if you’re suggesting America tends to be permissive, you’re just incorrect.

      • Angry Revolutionary

        I think the Only In America refers to the fact that he will only spend rougly one year in prison….

      • charle

        maybe it’s because we have the largest black population

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