Portland police arrest three men suspected of setting booby trap on I-205 bike path
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police arrested three people suspected of setting a boobytrap on a bicycle path Friday night.
Officers responded to a report of a bicyclist who was injured as a result of a boobytrap that was erected across the Interstate 205 multi-use path near Southeast Division Street at 10:53 p.m.
When officers and medical personnel arrived, they found an injured woman.
Carlene Ostedgaard has lacerations across her face and chin - wounds she said are slowly healing.
She said she was on her bike, riding home from work just before 11 p.m. on the multi-use path that she uses frequently. She said she saw three men run up the side of the hill, and by the time she turned her head, she rode straight into yards of string that had been tied across the path.
"I put my head down, I let my helmet take the brunt of it. I could feel the... it was breaking off on me, so it wasn't fishing wire," said Ostedgaard. "I kept breaking it for three or four yards."
Medics treated her on scene.
Portland police say the act was intentional. An officer searched the area and found woven string that spanned the path just south of Southeast Division Street.
During the investigation, officers also located three suspects who they believe placed the string across the path. Officers took the three suspects into custody.
Police identified the suspects as 23-year-old Justin J. Jones, 27-year-old Antonio R. Tolman-Duran, and 21-year-old Dakota E. Murphy. Jones, Tolman-Duran and Murphy were lodged at the Multnomah County Jail and have since been released. They were booked on charges of fourth-degree assault and three counts of reckless endangering.
Other cyclists on the path say they've been in dicey situations like this in the past.
"In the past there had been glass set up almost in the same area across the path... it's something to look out for. You always have to keep your head up," said Rob Dolan, a cyclist.
Ostedgaard says she doesn't think this incident was targeted toward cyclists, but whatever the intent, she says she doesn't scare that easily.
"When I moved here in 2012, I thought I was in the safest place to ride. I have to be a lot more careful now." she said. "I love biking so much. I'm not giving it up."
Community members using the Interstate 205 Multi-Use Path should report any hazardous conditions to Portland Park Rangers at 503-823-1637 or the Portland Police Bureau at 503-823-3333 or 9-1-1 if there is a condition that constitutes an immediate life-safety hazard.