A woman in Portland, Oregon had the scare of a lifetime after following a sign at a park that seemingly led to a public restroom, only to confront a strange man in the woods.
The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, described to KMOV how a sign for an “outdoor bathroom” she followed while visiting Forest Park earlier this month turned out to be completely fake. Waiting for her at the end of the trail weren’t bathrooms at all, but a strange man.
“I step over a log and there is a huge tree and a man standing there,” she explained. Even more disturbingly, she says the man didn’t even flinch when she began to scream for her husband, which told her something wasn’t right.
“It’s scary because, you know, like I’ve seen one of him but how many of them have seen us out in nature?” she continued. “It’s the creepiest thing that’s ever happened to me.”
After increasing patrols of the area, park rangers, with the help of police, were able to locate the man who later admitted to posting the fake sign, which rangers were able to find on Thursday morning, KMOV reports. The man allowed officers to search his vehicle and his cellphone, but authorities say that they found nothing suspicious. Because the man has not been charged with any crimes, his identity has not been released to the public. He has, however, been banned from the park for six months, and will face trespassing charges if he returns within that time frame. According to KPTV, the man’s mother has said that he is getting help.
(Photo: Footpath in forest park in Portland, OR. By Sankar Raman, via Getty Images)