JEDDAH: Authorities on Wednesday arrested three members of a group of bikers who allegedly assaulted a police officer and a security guard in Jeddah on Tuesday.
The suspects, an 18-year-old Saudi national and two undocumented immigrants from Chad, confessed to the assault.
According to the Jeddah Governor’s Office, the bikers, riding three-wheel all-terrain vehicles, attacked the patrol policeman when he prevented them from entering a recreation area at the Jeddah corniche.
When a security guard from a nearby private establishment tried to help the police officer, one of the bikers attacked him.
In a video footage circulated on social media, the biker is seen beating the security guard seated on the passenger side of the police patrol vehicle. The police officer gets out of the driver’s seat and chases the assailant, but fails to catch him. As the police officer returns to the vehicle, another suspect on a bike — identified by the police as the young Saudi man — runs over him. The officer is thrown to the ground, but quickly recovers. Another biker also tries to run him over, but the patrol officer is able to evade the second attack.
The officer was injured and treated at a hospital, while the security guard was unharmed despite the beating.
After the incident, police cordoned off roads at the corniche and nearby areas as they looked for other four suspects — two Yemenis and two Chadians — who were seen in the video and identified by those arrested.