PORTLAND -- A Portland woman said she was attacked right in front of her house in July and believes the teens who attacked her may be behind recent attacks on cyclists in the same neighborhood.
Neighbors near Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Northeast Going Street are fed up and worried somebody could be seriously hurt.
One of the victims wound up in the emergency room. The other passed around a flier, warning neighbors to be on the lookout.
“I heard some noise across the street and apparently one of the guy that was trying to vandalize the car came across the street,” said Amy Wilson. “(He) hit me very, very hard. (He) knocked me out cold. I fell back and hit my head on the sidewalk.
She suffered a concussion and needed 12 stitches to close the wound on the back of her head.
Wilson said her attackers were a group of African American teenage boys and she suspects they didn’t stop with her.
“I’m almost convinced that it’s the same group that we’ve talked about that are going against cyclists,” she said.
Last week, about two blocks from Wilson’s home, police said a group of teens knocked a cyclist off his bike as he rode east on Northeast Going street.
Another neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said she’s seen a group of teens repeatedly hassling cyclists on Going street.
“There was four teenagers and they were jumping out and scaring people and trying to push them off their bikes,” she said.
Police say it’s hard to tell if the cases are connected, even though many neighbors believe they are.
“So far, the cyclists have come away somewhat unharmed permanently, but the next case might be very serious,” Wilson said.
Going is a heavily used street, especially for cyclists. Wilson wants them to be aware this has been happening. Anyone with information was asked to call Portland police.
KGW reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.