Two Yale Students Attacked by Kids on Bikes in New Haven

Rich Scinto, New Haven Register, December 12, 2012

Quick “wilding” attacks by teens on bicycles have been an ongoing problem for passers-by in the city.

Two Yale University students were attacked Monday at around 6 p.m. in the area around Wall Street, said police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

Wilding is a slang term for a type of attack that is typically performed by youths between the ages of 14 and 18.


The students weren’t robbed, but were struck several times, Police said.

“Usually these attacks are connected with robberies, but not always,” Hartman said.


The attacks sometimes follow a pattern, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have involved the same perpetrators, Hartman said. Some involve only one attacker while others can have a half-dozen or more.

Wilding became a growing trend earlier this year in Fair Haven and parts of the city that have large undocumented immigrant populations. Undocumented workers who don’t have bank accounts can be seen as ideal targets for robbers because they may carry large amounts of cash.

One common type of wilding involves robbers quickly grabbing phones from pedestrians’ hands. The type of attack became so prevalent that it became known as “apple-picking,” in reference to the Apple iPhone, a popular target for thieves, Hartman said.


This isn’t the first time the city has come up against the problem of bicycle gangs. Summer 2005 was particularly bad in terms of bicycle wilding attacks. Groups of 60 or more youths would attack people while riding around the Dwight neighborhood. The outbreak resulted in a large crackdown by police.

Topics: ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • Puggg

    Nobody should ever be the victim of these kinds of crimes.

    But…you have to admit that two Yale students got a taste of the diversity they might want for the rest of us.

  • Some Guy

    The main “Pattern” I see here is the least product and most criminal part of our society is attacking the most productive and beneficial part of our society….once again!

  • Hirschibold

    Dear wilding teens, I don’t endorse or partake in violence, but if you are going to do it, can you please shift your sector of fire to the New York Times building or MSNBC’s headquarters? Thank you.

    • sarah stein

      Or take it to Chevy Chase Village where Chris Matthews has managed to keep all the blacks out.

  • potato78

    Jealous to “the most productive and beneficial part of our society”. So in their mind, they are always trying to find a way to bully smart people.

  • Two Obama supporters attacked by even more Obama supporters on stolen bikes.

  • Lou406

    A university being terrorized by diversity.
    How fitting.

    • The__Bobster

      A lot of old universities are surrounded by diversities, yet the students learn nothing until it’s too late.

    • So CAL Snowman

      an IVY league university at that!

      • pcmustgo

        Columbia University has had at least two of it’s students murdered by blacks… one a pure hate crime where they chased the white kid shouting “get the white boy”, another they killed an asian at gunpoint, another one a black guy raped , tortured, burned and almost killed a white girl over a period of several days in Harlem in her apartment… she managed to escape and survive.


      That just how they roll @

    • You Are Now Enriched

      If she was killed by a Diversity, the story will blip and disappear. If she was killed by a White, especially a White athelete, it will become a “call for change”:

      Eastern Michigan University student Julia Niswender, 23, pictured right, was found dead in her bedroom on Tuesday night along with evidence police dubbed ‘suspicious.’

  • You Are Now Enriched

    Not a single White student at Yale will begin to “reimagine” the benefits of Diversity. They all will say that this “isolated incident calls us to more deeply consider the intersection of race and poverty and do more to prevent our White privilege from harming the beloved community of color.”


    • The__Bobster

      I hear that mantra coming out of the Temple (Diversity U) administrators on a regular basis. Yet it’s always an “isolated incident’.

      • sarah stein

        Like the theft of a white girl’s cell phone by a pack of thugs on the Washington Metro, the police called it an “anomaly”.

    • Look up Auster’s Law of Majority-Minority relations. You and he are ad idem.

    • fakeemail

      Intelligence is not substitute for common sense.

  • sarah stein

    Wow, these parents must really hate their children to send them to a school where they’ll be beaten. “Son, we’re sending you to Harvard, but before you go, could you sign this life insurance policy?”

    • The__Bobster

      If it’s any consolation, very few White Christians are admitted to Harvard.

      Oh, never mind. 😉

  • jay11

    “Undocumented workers who don’t have bank accounts can be seen as ideal targets for robbers because they may carry large amounts of cash.”
    Blacks rob and assault latinos all the time. But you will NEVER hear the mainstream media (or liberals in general) address the black/white divide that exists wherever both populations are present.
    Ditto for blacks vs Asians.
    Minorities attacking other minorities doesn’t fit the narrative.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Black youths attacking illegal alien invaders = Poetic Justice

    • pcmustgo

      Still unacceptable.

  • SoCal LoCal

    Hey Yalies (and other Ivy Leaguers). Remember the old saying,”the enemy of my enemy is my friend?” Welcome to Amren, we will be happy to fill you in on the details.

  • Slayer88

    “Wilding is a slang term for a type of attack that is typically performed by youths between the ages of 14 and 18.”
    More like a politically correct way of saying they attacked whitey again….

  • libertarian 1234

    This Connecticut newspaper is one of the few I’ve come across on the internet that strictly disallows ANY kind of comments regarding race.

    I suspect that will change by popular demand as things continue to get worse.

    • You Are Now Enriched

      Nobody will hold their advertisers accountable, unless they do allow comments on race, then the Colors of Changing America will attack. Boycott Whitey!

    • Bill

      One of the FEW? Name even one mainstream news blog, paper or online vendor who DOES name the race of the attackers. They won’t even mention race when asking for the public’s help in catching a perp. They only tell you the attacker was 5’7″, the rough age range, and maybe what he was wearing. Yeah, that helps a lot in identification. They omit the single most important aspect of identification. The one that cannot be changed.

  • Why was my post erased? I didn’t say anything wrong. C’mon, if you want to be the moderator, fine. If you don’t want to do the job correctly, then quit. It’s your right.

  • zone

    Were it not for Yale University and its associated hospital, this “sanctuary city” (for illegal’s)
    would have little to offer. Parents sending son’s or daughters to college should be nervous when in so many cases, including Yale, there are only a handful of safe city blocks adjacent to campus, with the rest being a soup, heavily peppered with “section 8” and idle “teens”. This
    can often make prospects of off-campus housing particularly treacherous.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    Even after a few beat downs by the undertow, could you imagine what would happen if a Yale student said something to the effect of “The heck with this, I am headed off to South Dakota State (or some other really white university in an area unaffected by diversity)”. He would quickly become an unperson. However, maybe this will teach some of these Ivy league derelicts the truth about diversity (they just have to keep it to themselves).

  • 1gravity

    Our elites, political, financial, cultural and religious, license this kind of activity. These attacks will only stop when the black community, which produces these thugs, is extirpated in situ. In my view, the black community could stop its crime overnight, if it wanted to. But it doesn’t, and no one is going to do anything about it, except mouth bromides, put a few more “youts” in jail, and say “pretty please” for the millionth time. At some point, we whites are going to have to cast the dye; count me in.

  • IKantunderstand

    There are two kinds of White liberals. Well, three, but they are dead. The first kind, makes all kind of excuses for minority violence, even when they are actually the victim. The second kind makes all kind of excuses for minority violence, but never suffers the consequences, because they go out out of their way to avoid living around, or sending their children to go to school with minorities. (And of course, by minorities, I mean Blacks and Hispanics ). Once Whites become the minority in America, I suppose I will once again have to name the people I’m referring to. Note: The third kind of liberal, is, essentially, a subset of the first two. A stupid liberal who bought into the crap about how “minorities are just like us”, and died for it. (See Amy Biel).

  • LHathaway

    “a large crackdown by police”

    By crackdown they mean calling for a greater dialog between the police and the community and community leaders. The ‘crackdown’ will be on whites and it will be a crackdown against racism and hatred.

    By community, they don’t mean whites. This label specifically excludes them. White community leaders are condemned as hatred and racism.

  • Tim

    I just bought a new $3000 electric bike. I see now that I will have to be packing before gliding silently thru the night…

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I wish I had an electric bike. On the other hand, I have several bicycles, lots of bike parts, the electric motor out of my old garage door-opener, sodium-sulfur batteries, tools, and lots of time.

      I think I would want to fabricate my own frame, however, though not the front fork. Thinking a bit, a long wheelbase electric tricycle with a small truck bed for short grocery trips would be ideal. The garage door-opener motor is heavy, but produces lots of low-end torque – ideal for moving a heavy load uphill.

      Using electrical power eliminates the need to provide for gear-shifting, as you instantly have what is in effect a continuously variable transmission.

      With Ariadne’s pterosaur out of the way, I suppose I know what my next project will be. Sigh. No rest for the wicked.

      • Tim

        There is a great You tube video of a guy that built an electric dirt bike that goes over 50mph… Might be right up your alley. Me, the guy had to put the pedals on for me. Sigh!…

  • Tim

    My older brother used a broom stick thru the spokes on me once. It messed me up but you should have seen the bike!!…

    • Joseph

      What these “mofo’s” need is a broomstick through the teeth.

  • David Ashton

    “From each according to his (limited) ability, to each according to his (immediate) need.” Direct action, nome sane? What wait till after the revolution?

  • Michael_C_Scott

    It occurs to me that some states have banned pepper spray. In these areas, I would recommend that people carry oven cleaner spray.

    I can guarantee that a face full of oven cleaner will take all the “wild” right out of a “youf”.

    • SLCain

      My Dad gave my sister a can of oven cleaner to use for self-defence. It didn’t require a permit, as Mace did, and is probably more effective. It would also do lasting damage to an attacker – a big plus. Maiming these a-holes is fitting retribution for their criminal predations. Although we probably end up supporting them through SSI.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        The active ingredient in oven cleaner is our friend NaOH, sodium hydroxide, also known as lye. It de-saponifies fats, turning them into soap. In the eyes of a perp, the damage would be irreversible. As for supporting a disabled perp via SSI, that’s OK so long as they are permanently out of the rape business.

        • SLCain

          I agree. It would is better for a rapist to be blind and on the dole than actively engaged in the rape business. However better still would be for him to be engaged in the compost business – as product.