Buffalo Man Attacked On Bike

July 19, 2012 Updated Jul 19, 2012 at 8:40 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 19, 2012 Updated Jul 19, 2012 at 8:40 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - William Matthews said he feels lucky to be alive after his ride home from work turned violent. He was driving his bike from his place of work at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo to his home on Allen Street.

He said when he drove onto Perry Street, a group of teens and some children as young as six-years-old, began throwing objects at his bike. When he finally fell off, they took his bike, began yelling gay slurs and attacked him. They chased him down the street but Matthews said he was able to outrun the group, ending up outside the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino where he called 911.

"The one kid said you got to run, you got to run. They're going to kill you so I started to run up the street and they were chasing me and I got to casino and kids just ran the other way," Matthews said.

Authorities said the 911 call was intercepted by police who were on duty at the Casino. They were able to call an ambulance and get Matthews to the hospital within minutes. Authorities are still investigating.

Matthews said he wants something to be done about the violence in Buffalo. He also warns people not to travel alone when going through areas known to be dangerous.