Newly released Jared Walter, 26, the infamous TriMet Barber of Portland, Oregon, convicted in 2010 of riding around on Portland’s TriMet bus system, and cutting the hair of unsuspecting female passengers, has launched a new public-transit-based string of assaults. Though he still likes hair, this time the assaults involve bodily fluids.
According to police they received three reports in three weeks of escalating strangeness on public busses. The first two victims weren’t exactly sure what had happened, but the third victim reported that a man had ejaculated into her hair. There have been similar reports out of Clackamas County.
Police collected a DNA sample from the woman’s hair and reviewed the bus’ security camera footage, which showed a man in the act of masturbating while fondling her hair. Walter was quickly identified by investigators close to his hair-cutting cases. Transit police staked out his favorite bus lines and arrested him at a bus stop around 4:30 p.m. on May 13, 2013, as he was waiting for a bus. Police say Walter tended to use the 31, 33 and 99 bus lines from Portland to Milwaukie or Oregon City. He reportedly fondles his victims’ hair too.
Authorities believe there may be more victims who didn’t realize what was being done behind their backs. In an effort to jog their memories, police released some enhanced stills of Walter riding a bus wearing his signature black leather jacket. Victims are urged to contact police.
In 2010 Walters was sentenced in Clackamas County to two years prison, after being convicted of hair-cutting assaults on eight women on the bus and in at least one case, super gluing a woman’s hair, as well as for burglary and identity theft.
It seems that back in 2009 and even before that, Walters was a very busy bus-riding boy. He was reportedly facing similar charges in Multnomah County, King County, Pierce County Washington, and also in Texas, where he was previously convicted of burglary with intent to commit a sex crime. Texas authorities waived the charges when authorities in Clackamas decided to pursue their case against Walter. Walters was released just two months ago, and will likely face a charge of violating post-prison supervision.
He is currently being held in lieu of $22, 000 bail. Walter pleaded not guilty to charges of sex abuse, public indecency and disorderly conduct on May 14. Walter is due back in court on June 21.
As weird, yet harmless as Walter’s hair cutting escapades may seem, they are soberingly reminiscent of the bizarre case of convicted murderer Danilo Restivo, who also clandestinely cut women’s hair in public.