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Incident happened as actor turned politician left Los Angeles gym on Friday

 

A security guard working for Arnold Schwarzenegger pulled a taser on a man suspected of trying to steal a $5,000 electric bike belonging to the Terminator star.

The incident, which was filmed by bystanders including Douglas Nichols who posted footage to Instagram, happened on Friday morning in Venice, Los Angeles as the actor turned politician left a gym, reports TMZ.com, which also has still photos taken by people in the vicinity.

Nichols wrote: "Gold’s Gym this morning, witnessed Arnold's security pull a taser on man who was trying to steal Arnold's bike."

The suspected thief was reportedly held at bay by the security guard holding the taser, though it does not appear that the electric shock weapon was triggered.

Schwarzenegger, seemingly unfazed – and like the would-be thief, apparently untased – was said to have picked up his custom bike, which has a camouflage paintjob, and posed for photos with fans, before riding away.

Yahoo! News said it was unclear if the incident had been reported to the police, adding that the Los Angeles Police Department had not responded to any calls regarding an attempted bike theft at Gold’s Gym.

We’ve featured a number of stories regarding the 71-year-old over the years who is a keen cyclist and likes to get in the saddle while travelling around the world.

Four years ago, he was pulled over by a police officer in Melbourne, Australia for riding a bike without a cycle helmet, while the following year saw him filmed cycling on the wrong side of the road in Edinburgh, as well as getting stopped again by police for riding a bike through a train station in Germany.

In 2017, he joined then world road champion Peter Sagan and Mayor of Paris Anna Hidalgo in calling on governments around the world to make it easier for people to use bikes instead of cars for everyday journeys to help fight climate change and reduce air pollution.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.