This honk dubbed the “TriMet barber” for snipping the hair of unsuspecting bus passengers in 2009 is back at it again, according to law enforcement officials.
Only this time, he’s not cutting hair.
TriMet transit cops arrested Jared Weston Walter, 26, about 4:30 p.m. Monday as he waited for a bus in downtown Portland.
At about 7 a.m. that day, the nasty peckerwood had ejaculated into the hair of a bus passenger, investigators said.
They believe he’s attacked two other women in the same way in the last three weeks and that there may be other victims.
“At the time of those first two reports, the victims were unsure as to what had transpired, and the seriousness of the offense was not understood,” Sgt. Pete Simpson said in a news release.
But Monday, the woman realized what had just occurred and reported it. Cops pulled video from the bus and spotted a peckerwood masturbating, and collected DNA evidence from her hair, authorities said.
Investigators familiar with Walter’s hair-cutting cases were able to identify him. That led transit law enforcers to stake out the bus route that the nasty honk was believed to frequent and make the arrest, at Southwest Fifth Avenue and Salmon Street.
Walter was sentenced to a little more than two years in prison in June 2010 after being charged with cutting and super-gluing the hair of various women. He also was serving time for burglary and identity theft charges.
He was released from prison less than two months ago.
Cops suspect Walter is responsible for ejaculation incidents in Portland and Clackamas County. They announced that they are releasing images taken from buses — in hopes of jogging the memories of other women who may not have realized what was happening. Simpson said authorities are hoping bus riders remember Walter’s black leather jacket, or where he was standing on the bus, next to its back doors. He is believed to have fondled his victims’ hair while targeting them.
Law enforcement officials say he most likely frequented bus lines 31, 33 and 99, which travel from Portland to Milwaukie or Oregon City.
The whitemarish masturbator appeared Tuesday afternoon in Multnomah County Circuit Court to hear the charges filed against him: third-degree sexual abuse, public indecency, harassment and interfering with public transportation. All are misdemeanors.
He is being held in lieu of 22,000 bail. But even if he posts bail, he won’t be released immediately because he faces an accusation of violating post-prison supervision in Clackamas County.