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Star-Telegram - - Front Page - BY DEANNA BOYD dboyd@star-tele­gram.com Star-Tele­gram

A man who tossed an $1,100 rental bike into the Trin­ity River posted a video of the deed on In­sta­gram. Oops.

A man could soon find him­self in hot wa­ter thanks to a video that was posted on In­sta­gram of him toss­ing a bi­cy­cle from the Fort Worth bike share pro­gram into the Trin­ity River from the West Sev­enth Street bridge.

The video was later re­moved but not be­fore Kris­ten Ca­mareno, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Fort Worth Bike Shar­ing, recorded her own copy of the In­sta­gram video and shared it on Face­book and with the Fort Worth Po­lice De­part­ment.

Now po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“My guess is this was a drunk night gone wrong and he’s prob­a­bly re­gret­ting it right about now,” Ca­mareno said Fri­day.

The video was shared on the In­stra­gram ac­count, @oldrowtcu, with the mes­sage, “F--- the rental bikes.. give us the Birds”.

The post is ap­par­ently ref­er­enc­ing Bird elec­tric scoot­ers, which are avail­able for rent in other Texas and U.S. cities, in­clud­ing Dal­las but not Fort Worth.

Some­one for­warded the video to the Fort Worth Bike Shar­ing In­sta­gram ac­count on Sun­day evening.

Ca­mareno said her first thought upon see­ing it was, “We’re not Dal­las. We don’t do that.”

“You hear with dock­less bi­cy­cle sys­tems of this hap­pen­ing more and more. We take a lot of pride in the fact we haven’t had these kind of prob­lems in the five years we’ve been op­er­at­ing,” Ca­mareno said. “To see some­one so bla­tantly and brazenly de­stroy­ing our prop­erty for en­ter­tain­ment is pretty mad­den­ing and dis­ap­point­ing.

“On top of just de­struc­tion of prop­erty, the fact they choose to throw it in our river is a whole other punch in the gut. It feels like two crimes in one. You’re de­stroy­ing prop­erty but you’re also pol­lut­ing our river that a lot of peo­ple are work­ing re­ally hard to im­prove.”

So first thing Mon­day morn­ing, Ca­mareno shared the video on Face­book in hopes of iden­ti­fy­ing the men re­spon­si­ble for “theft, de­struc­tion of prop­erty, and lit­ter­ing our river.”

In her post, she ex­plained that the per­son who had last checked out the bike didn’t dock it cor­rectly “so these id­iots came along and de­cided to make a movie with it.”

“It’s had more than 4,000 views now and we’ve had sev­eral peo­ple share it,” Ca­mareno said Fri­day morn­ing.

In the video, taken at night, a man wear­ing a

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MY GUESS IS THIS WAS A DRUNK NIGHT GONE WRONG AND HE’S PROB­A­BLY RE­GRET­TING IT RIGHT ABOUT NOW. Kris­ten Ca­mareno, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Fort Worth Bike Shar­ing

cap is seen hoist­ing one of the red bikes over his head and, with the en­cour­age­ment of a an­other man, toss­ing it over the bridge. An­other man can be heard re­peat­ing “Oh my God” while an­other laughs as the bike splashes into the wa­ter.

The video then spans to the face of an­other man, who re­marks, “I’m bleed­ing.”

Be­cause the video was shared on an In­stra­gram ac­count de­scribed as the “Of­fi­cial Old Row ac­count for Texas Chris­tian Univer­sity,” the video was also shared with TCU po­lice. The In­sta­gram ac­count, which clar­i­fies it is not af­fil­i­ated with TCU, ap­par­ently aims to con­nect fra­ter­nity and soror­ity alumni.

“It’s like an ex­tended frat party be­yond col­lege is what it looks like,” Ca­mareno said.

Cameron said af­ter she shared the video on her Face­book page Mon­day, @oldrowtcu soon took the video down.

“They re­al­ized peo­ple were pay­ing at­ten­tion and maybe it wasn’t the best idea to put their faces on so­cial me­dia com­mit­ting a crime,” she said.

Ca­mareno also shared the video with TCU po­lice. They sent it to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Fra­ter­nity and Soror­ity Life, who told po­lice they did not rec­og­nize the men fea­tured in the video.

The sent an email Fri­day to the @oldrowtcu In­sta­gram ac­count for com­ment but it was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Ca­mareno said that the bike share pro­gram has since re­ceived an anony­mous tip about the pos­si­ble iden­tity of the man who threw the bike. That in­for­ma­tion has been shared with Fort Worth po­lice, she said.

“I want this to be an ex­am­ple be­cause this is not some­thing I want peo­ple to think they can get away with,” she said.

The bike is val­ued at $1,100.

Ca­mareno said she’s alerted the Trin­ity River Wa­ter District but has lit­tle hopes of see­ing it again.

“They said they were go­ing to make an ef­fort to re­trieve it but the chance of them be­ing able to do so is pretty slim,” Ca­mareno said. “Even if they did, it has a com­puter in it so that part of it would be de­stroyed.”

Screen shot from In­sta­gram video

A screen shot shows a man toss­ing a Fort Worth B-cy­cle into the Trin­ity River from the W. Sev­enth Street bridge.

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