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.