Edward A. Shortnacy mug

Edward A. Shortnacy

The cyclist that reportedly assaulted another cyclist on the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail last month has been identified with the help of a fitness tracking app and information from witnesses, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives with the LCSO learned the suspect was using the STRAVA app as he was cycling through the area of the assault. That, along with interviews with independent witnesses, helped identify Edward A. Shortnacy, 48, of Vienna, as the suspect.

Shortnacy was charged Thursday with malicious wounding.

The charge stems from an April 22 incident. The victim, an adult male, was riding his bike west on the W&OD Trail near Ashburn Village Boulevard around 2:15 p.m. Sunday and was attempting to pass two bicyclists. He was reportedly riding on the center line when a cyclist coming from the opposite direction intentionally reached his arm out and hit the victim’s bike helmet. The victim fell to the ground and was seriously injured, and the suspect rode off in the opposite direction.

The victim was taken to the Lansdowne Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital, later transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital and was eventually released.

Shortnacy turned himself over to authorities Thursday morning and was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

(8) comments


@roundhill. You know damn well he wasnt "reaching out". He sucker punched him than ran away like a coward.


So if you put your hand out to ensure that the person who is riding into coming traffic does not run directly into you, this is now assault? That is ridiculous, stay out of oncoming traffic on the WOD.


Um, no. That's not how this works. You don't put your hands out while riding your bike. From what it sounds like, the victim probably should have waited to pass the people in front of him, but that doesn't excuse Shortnacy's actions.


I hope Mr. Shortnacy has learned a valuable lesson. It’s cowardly to sucker punch someone and flee the scene, even if the other rider was on the center line. I think worse even than if he had stopped and continued to punch the other rider. Learn from your mistake.


The W O& D has become a free for all, especially on Saturdays. Something needs to be done to make the bikes slow down in the more congested areas. It's full of packs of bikers who are flying at nearly top speed and couldn't care less about safety. I ride myself there but it's no longer a good environment on weekends. I've seen several collisions. The victim in this situation disregarded basic road courtesy and safety rules and passed people without no regard for the oncoming traffic. Would they have done that on a road in a car? I'm not defending Shortnacy's actions in any way but I can see how this happened. I've been cut off myself in this manner. Time for some changes before more people get hurt.


Keep up the good work LCSO. LCSO should also obtain cellphone GPS records from the major carriers to ID people around the scene of a crime during the window it occurred to narrow down a list of suspects, for things like vandalism, car break'ins, etc.


Glad they got this loser.


Wow, I didn't expect that case to go anywhere. Good work LCSO!

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