A man who almost struck a bicyclist with his pickup near LSU’s law school and later threatened the cyclist with a knife was arrested Thursday, police said.
Derek Michael Granier, 21, is accused of driving a blue Dodge pickup on Dec. 18 about 9 p.m. when his vehicle nearly clipped a bicyclist on Highland Road near the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, according to an LSU Police report. Granier then followed the cyclist to the East Campus Apartment parking lot near Building Four and charged at him with a knife, using an expletive to warn he planned to cut the cyclist’s head, the report said.
The cyclist shielded himself with a backpack just before a female passenger in Granier’s truck called for him, according to the statement. Granier drove off.
Officers stopped Granier after spotting his vehicle. The pickup was adorned with an American flag ribbon magnet and had a license plate number that matched the victim’s description of the vehicle, according to the report.
Granier refused to meet with officers numerous times when initially contacted by authorities, the report said.
After being booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail Thursday on a count of aggravated assault, Granier was released after posting a $5,000 bond, according to jail records.