2020 | Courts

UPDATED: Bicyclist pleads guilty to assaulting group on Capital Crescent Trail this summer

Sentencing scheduled for Feb. 2

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This story was updated at 3:10 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2020, to include a comment from Anthony Brennan’s attorney.

A Kensington man who was charged with accosting a group of young people on the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda this summer — an incident documented in a viral video — pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of second-degree assault, according to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office.

Anthony Brennan III, 61, was seen in a video confronting the group, which was putting up flyers on the trail about the death of George Floyd.

The video that went viral on social media showed a man accosting a young woman while another young woman screams at him to get off of her. The man then grabs his bike and rushes toward a young man who is filming.

Maryland-National Capital Park Police charged Brennan with three counts of second-degree assault on June 5. Police said at the time that they received hundreds of tips from people trying to identify the cyclist. Additionally, Twitter users falsely accused two people of being the cyclist in the video. 

Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the State’s Attorney’s Office, confirmed in an email to Bethesda Beat that Brennan pleaded guilty to the three counts of second-degree assault on Wednesday, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 2.

Brennan’s attorney, David Moyse, of the Wheaton firm Jezic & Moyse, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Wednesday that the plea is “another step in Mr. Brennan’s effort to take full responsibility for his actions” on the bike trail.

“He continues to be extremely remorseful for the damage he caused,” Moyse wrote.

The Washington Post first reported Brennan’s guilty plea on Wednesday.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com