Mountain biker reports knife encounter at Tecolote Canyon Park

Posted at 10:35 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 11:55:45-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A mountain biker wants to warn people about visiting the Tecolote Canyon Nature Trail. He tells 10News he had a disturbing encounter there with a man carrying a knife. 

Mike Hayes was feet from a trail entrance in Tecolote Canyon off Mt Acadia Boulevard when he was approached by a strange man on Sunday. 

Hayes says he was walking his bike near the man - a transient in his 20s, dressed in camouflage - when the man suddenly came forward and asked if Hayes was stalking him.  

When Hayes said no, the man got agitated and had a look with "Charles Manson eyes." 

"Next thing you know, he has a knife in his hand and an angry look," said Hayes. "And he says 'If you follow me, I'm going to cut you.'"

Hayes says he backed away slowly, got on his bike and rode off, while the man walked his bike away.