Skjelse Rapoch thought she’d just had a very bad crash while riding her bike. Now
the police her family thinks she might have been attacked.
It happened Tuesday night while Rapoch was riding on the Columbia Slough path en route to Portland International Raceway where her husband (who works at Velo Cult Bike Shop) was competing in a cyclocross race. Details of the incident are scarce because Rapoch doesn’t remember anything. It was only after she was recovering in the hospital that she spoke to police and began to put the pieces together.
“What we initially thought was a terrible bicycle accident,” her family says, “is the result of something far more sinister…. it would appear an individual(s) was hiding along the path and hit Skjelse in the face with a rock while she was riding by.”
According to statements from Rapoch and her family, the police are now investigating this as a possible assault (update: the police say there is no evidence to suggest it was an attack).
A rider who found Rapoch says they saw a lone suspect fleeing the area as they rolled up. Rapoch says
police have found a bloody rock has been found nearby that matches her facial trauma.