PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A bicyclist claims he was hunted down and harassed by a driver on a rural Northwest Portland road in broad daylight.
Joe Harris told KOIN 6 News he’s ridden his bike on Northwest Moreland Road dozens of times but his route took a dark turn earlier this month.
While riding on the road, Harris noticed he was being followed by an older, white Subaru Outback. The words “only Satan fears me” were written on the car in red marker.
“He would drive up, leer at me, try to make some small talk a couple of times, pull away,” said Harris.
Harris said the driver taunted him for 30 minutes straight but with no cell service and no good place to pull off the road, Harris decided to pedal as fast as he could up a hill where he stopped to call 9-1-1. His route was recorded on his Garmin GPS.
But the driver wasn’t through with Harris.
“I pulled up to the intersection,” Harris said. “The driver was waiting for me at the cutout and at that point I stopped again, got back on the phone to dial 9-1-1 and that is where he started driving straight towards me.”
Thankfully, the driver sped off when he saw someone else coming down the road.
Harris wrote about his experience online, where another cyclist commented that he had the same encounter while walking along Terwilliger Boulevard last year.
According to Harris, the other cyclist described being harassed by someone who exhibited the same behavior and who was driving the same kind of car as the man from this month’s incident.
Harris thinks the attack was planned. He’s been warning other cyclists but he worries that the next time something like this happens, it could end badly.
“The opportunity is there because he is hunting and he’s found one,” Harris said. “So my thought is, if he hasn’t hurt someone yet, he may — and if he does, he probably won’t stop. This is a person who knew what he was doing.”