Sandy Ridge trail harassment investigation grows

A biker on the Sandy Ridge Trail, March 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A biker on the Sandy Ridge Trail, March 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — One year ago, Chris Hess was held at gunpoint along the Sandy Ridge Trail while biking with his family.

Hess said the attack was completely unprovoked. He and his wife were biking with their dog and daughter when a couple became hostile.

“The lady leaned down with something in her hand and the dogs were interested, but it was a stun gun and she was sparking it, trying to shock them,” Angela Hess told KOIN 6 News in March.

“We didn’t see the gun until it came out,” Angela said. “The guy drew down right on Chris, right in his face.”

“I remember staring down the barrel of the gun,” he said.

After the KOIN 6 News story aired in March, other people came forward with similar stories and the same description of the couple.

The Hess case was forwarded to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s office. KOIN 6 News learnd the DA “requested information and further investigation from both the sheriff’s office and US Forest Service Law Enforcement.”

Sgt. Dan Kraus with the sheriff’s office told KOIN 6 News, “The investigation is ongoing. There were some additional victims we’re trying to track down.”

But he said social media is hurting the investigation because people post to Facebook instead of filing police reports.

The more reports that are filed, he said, the stronger the case is the district attorney’s office can build.

Since the story first appeared in March, a new sign is posted along the Sandy Ridge Trail: It’s unlawful to engage in threatening behavior. The sign also advises bikers and hikers that dogs must be kept on a leash.

Kevin Nickel and his dog were threated with Mace by the couple. “Hopefully this will stop it, but it sounds like it’s going down the route of something being done before someone is shot or a dog is shot,” he said.

Angela Hess has a simple message.

“When we see people, we warn them they’re not fooling around.”

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