Photo of rope tied across trail at Gateway Green today.
(Photo: Source not yet known)
We’re trying to find out more information about two incidents of tripwires placed across public right-of-way in Portland this week.
The first one was on Monday at NE 16th and Irving. The @pdxalerts Twitter account reported, “Police to NE 16/Irving, someone strung fishing line across the street, caller was clothes-lined by it.”
And the second one was reported by a bicycle rider at Gateway Green this morning. Brent Wick posted the image above to a local email list with the message, “Just a friendly reminder/heads up. there have been some trip wires spotted at the Gateway Green recently. Please be careful over there, Recommend a slow pass thru there before you hit the shred button.”
As disturbing and serious as these are, it’s not the first time we’ve reported these in Portland. In 2010 during a heated public debate about stop signs at Ladds Circle, someone strung up a tripwire allegedly targeted at bicycle riders. And you might recall that in 2014 the Portland Police Bureau’s bomb squad was sent in to defuse a tripwire connected to a device on a trail near Forest Park.
We’ve followed up with the PPB for more information and/or a confirmation on both of this week’s incidents and will update this post when/if we find out more. If you have any information to share, please contact us.
UPDATE: PPB confirms they responded to the 9/11 incident but by the time they got there the line had been taken down.
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