Wire found strung between trees injures biker - KCTV5

Police investigating after wire strung between trees injures biker

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LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

A bizarre incident on a biking trail left one man hurt and his fellow bikers on alert. Now police are investigating a possible booby trap left on a trail in Lawrence.

It's not clear where on the nine-mile trail the mountain biker was thrown because there are other obstructions like sticks and rocks.

Mountain bikers gear up daily to hit the River Trail in droves and word of what happened to a fellow trail rider had them talking Thursday.

"I'd heard about incidences across the country and it's been posted before, but just to have it hit so close to home is kind of like, wild, because I've been riding these trails for 20 years," cyclist Fletcher Hamel said.

Police were called to the trail at 5 p.m. Wednesday with word of a cyclist knocked from his bike by a wire strung between two trees. The fall left him battered and bloodied.

Police can't be sure until they collect more details, but at this point they believe the act is sinister.

"I can't imagine that this was something that came about with any other intent other than one that was malicious," Sgt. Trent McKinley with the Lawrence Police Department said.

Runner Trevor Johannsen shares the trail with cyclists.

"That's just crazy. I mean we're just out here in the woods, just working out and it's just got to be hateful, you know, just malicious it seems like," he said.

Others speculated that it could have possibly been a prank from someone who wasn't aware of how serious it could be.

"Today I'm not riding with a helmet and if that hit me, you know, it's very concerning," cyclist Daniel Gilroy said.

Police said the hurt biker didn't file a police report and they don't have any possible suspect description to pass along.

They are worried that if it happened once, it could happen again if they don't catch who's responsible. That's why they want to hear from anyone who saw something that maybe didn't strike them at the time, but now, in retrospect, seems like it could be connected.

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