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An Olympic gold medalist was attacked Monday while riding a scooter in Brookline.
Jenny Thompson, 37, was riding a Vespa scooter on Verndale Street when a dark-colored car approached her from behind, according to the police report.
She pulled over and the car stopped. Two “dark-skinned black males” got out of the vehicle.
Thompson said to them, “Did you know your lights are out?”
One of the men said, “Your lights are out,” and punched her in the face, the police report noted.
Thompson was knocked to the ground. The men started to grab the scooter, but Thompson yelled for help and the men fled on foot toward Harvard Street. She suffered cuts to her nose and was treated at the scene.
Police said officers arrested three teenagers who were riding around on stolen scooters later that night.
Officers were encouraging residents to lock up scooters.
Thompson, who won 12 medals in four Olympics, is currently working as a resident anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.