Anthony Brennan, 30, of Kensington, Maryland, has been arrested and charged with three counts of second-degree assault, Maryland-National Capital Park police said.
The incident happened on Monday when a man and two women were walking along the Capital Crescent Trail, posting flyers in support of Black Lives Matter in Montgomery County. Police said the suspect started arguing with them about the flyers and forcibly grabbed some of the flyers from one of the victims.
He then pushed his bicycle towards the male victim, causing him to fall to the ground, police said. The male victim recorded the whole incident.
After the incident, Maryland-National Capital Park police asked the public for help in locating suspects and community members sent in hundreds of TPs over the past few days. Before identifying Brennan, police used various sources to further connect that information.
Park police contacted Bennan and his legal counsel on Friday and the Montgomery County State Attorney’s Office and Park Police agreed to search Brennan’s home while members of the police were present. Police say they found evidence at home and seized it.
Police issued the arrest warrant on Friday evening after police voluntarily removed themselves, police said.
Maryland-National Capital Park Police thanked the victims for their courage and civic engagement in coming forward on the matter. They thank the community for sharing tips and information.
The man who shot the video while the cyclist posted signs of confrontation with him and his friends told CNN not to identify him for fear of retaliation.
CNN could not independently verify what happened before and after the video and reached out to Brennan’s legal counsel for comment.