- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A District man was convicted of a July 2010 attack in which he struck a cyclist with his car, threw the bike and punched the victim, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced Tuesday.

Thomas Dunkel, 62, was found guilty of assault, assault with significant bodily injury, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Prosecutors say Dunkel was driving a sport-utility vehicle near Union Station when he came up to a 22-year-old man biking in the middle of the road. He honked and yelled at the cyclist, then struck the man with his SUV. The two men then exchanged punches through the driver’s side window of the vehicle.

The victim then picked up his bike and moved toward the sidewalk. Dunkel exited his vehicle, took the bicycle away and threw it at the victim. He then hit the victim, who was knocked to the ground.

The victim suffered a severe foot injury from the assault and needed a skin graft.

Dunkel will be sentenced Sept. 5.

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