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Jerk Alert in Framingham

April 24th, 2008

Some creep put up plastic ties across Grove St. at neck level so someone on bicycles and motorcycles would get hurt or killed.
As a bike commuter, this makes me upset but also kind of freaked out that someone hates bikes/motorcycle riders that much to hurt/kill them.
I made a post a while ago about how I really try to be as courteous as possible (staying as far right as I can, obeying traffic signals etc…) to motor traffic and I just ask the same.  It’s a co-existence. 
I don’t know if this was intended for bikes or motorcycles but the fact that someone is comfortable with possibly killing someone over his annoyance is really sad. 

Here’s an article from WBZ:
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ) Framingham police say it was “a murder waiting to happen.” Someone strung thick plastic zip ties across a street at neck level.

The ties were found hanging 4 or 5 feet above the ground across Grove Street by Belknap Road on Monday night. Police removed them and they were found there again on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

“Any reasonable person would consider this a deliberate act and just the way it was set up is, in my opinion, a murder waiting to happen,” Lt. Paul Shastany told WBZ.

If someone was riding a motorcycle or bicycle fast enough, they could have been seriously hurt, he said.

“I think it’s terrible. Why would anyone want to injure a cyclist?” asked Adrinne Myer, who was riding her bike through the neighborhood Thursday.

Shastany said the zip ties have been sent to the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab in Sudbury to be tested for any DNA or other evidence.

A witness told police Tuesday she saw a man in dark clothing standing near a telephone pole with a cord strung from the pole to a tree.

He’s described as white, in his late 20’s, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with a crew cut and a stocky build.

Officers have increased patrols in the area and put up warning signs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Framingham Police at 508-532-5923 or 508-872-1212.


  1. Wow! that’s terrible.
    I’m new to Framingham and am really enjoying your blog.
    What can you tell me about where to or where not to ride a bike in Framingham or where to get this kind of info??

    Comment by Deborah April 24, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  2. Hi Deborah,
    The article just said it was on Grove St. near Belknap, I don’t know where else this person might plan on doing this again but I would suggest contacting the Framingham Police for any further info.
    Ride safe!

    Comment by michelle April 24, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  3. I was wondering if you’d write about the incident(s) at Grove St. and Belknap Rd. andI’m glad you did. I was incredulous when I watched the television news report about it. I agree: “JERK ALERT”! How much more of a jerk could someone possibly be? As dangerous as that zip tie situation is for those on bicycles it’s even more dangerous for motorcyclists. It’s sad that we have such a “person” in our community and I feel bad for the police who have to deal with trying to keep the public safe and trying to catch this “JERK”.

    Comment by Rev. Bob Baril April 26, 2008 @ 7:23 am

  4. Wow, they should totally set up a hidden camera to catch this wacko.
    Thanks for keeping us informed!

    Comment by Krista April 26, 2008 @ 9:17 am

  5. That’s like the beginning of that movie GHOST SHIP

    Comment by Hummingbird Goetzl April 27, 2008 @ 3:52 am

  6. So he likes neck-level zip ties, does he? Let’s hang him from a zip tie from one of the trees in the park. That looks like the park over near Cushing Chapel, is it? (not too familiar with street names).

    Comment by Ray April 27, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

  7. So now we have some schmuck trying to decapitate or crush the windpipe of someone they don’t even know. I hope they tar and feather him before locking him up and throwing away the key.

    As a motorcyclist that has been “clotheslined” before (a non-lethal accident) all I can say is god help the jerk that I catch in the act of doing this.

    Comment by Nostalgio May 7, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

  8. I ride my bike through that area sometimes, this sucks.

    Comment by Scott May 7, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

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