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LMPD: Victim injured while trying to prevent bicycle theft

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Benjamin Hardin (source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Benjamin Hardin (source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man is facing serious charges after police say he injured a man who tried to stop him from stealing a bicycle from a business in east Louisville. 

According to the arrest report it happened around 9 p.m. Saturday in the 3600 block of South Hurstbourne Parkway. That's where police say they saw a tan PT Cruiser traveling at a high rate of speed with someone chasing behind on foot. The arresting officer says he also saw a man fall out of the rear hatchback of the vehicle as it was speeding eastbound on Six Mile Lane. 

The victim and the witness told police they started chasing the suspect, 43-year-old Benjamin Hardin, after he pulled up and tried to steal a bicycle from the rear of the business.

The victim told police he jumped in the back of the vehicle after it took off, but says Hardin hit him several times in the face and head with a small hand torch, causing him to fall out of the moving vehicle. The victim had multiple cuts and was bleeding from the face when he was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. 

Police caught up with Hardin at Raintree Drive and Hurstbourne Parkway, and the victim identified Hardin as the person who stole the bike. Hardin is now charged with first-degree robbery, wanton endangerment and operating a vehicle without a license.

He's being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $50,000 cash bond.

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