- A man known as the “TriMet Barber” has been banned for life from riding public transportation in Portland, Oregon, the first time the city has issued such a permanent ban, local news outlets reported Thursday.
- Jared Walter, 32, was arrested in March – four months after his latest release from jail – on charges that he sexually assaulted two women on the city’s Max trains.
- He was convicted of cutting off a woman’s hair on a bus in May 2017.
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A man dubbed the “TriMet Barber” for his penchant for cutting women’s hair on buses in Portland, Oregon, has been banned for life from using the city’s public transportation system.
Jared Walter, 32, on Thursday became the first person to be banned for life from TriMet, following his recent arrest on charges of sexually assaulting two women on Max trains in March, local news outlets reported. In one of those instances, Walter is accused of putting his hand in a rider’s jean pocket, according to Willamette Week.
He was convicted of cutting a woman’s hair off on a bus in May 2017, The Oregonian reported. He was placed on probation in March 2018.
Citing court documents, Fox 12 Oregon reported in November that Walter was accused of violating the terms of his probation when he was caught viewing pornography at a homeless shelter in August and when pornographic images were found on his phone in October. The Oregonian reported that his probation was revoked but that he was released from jail later in November.
Walter is apparently well known in the city. According to The Oregonian, he’s been arrested dozens of times in the past decade on charges of cutting, masturbating into, or gluing women’s hair on public transportation.
Those charges of attacking women on Portland’s metro system caused TriMet’s board of directors to adopt an ordinance in September 2017 giving the system the ability to ban riders who commit a “serious physical offence” against another person or pose a “serious threat to TriMet employees and passengers,” according to KATU.
But The Oregonian pointed out that the ordinance was not retroactive, so officials were powerless to ban Walter when he was released from jail in November unless he reoffended.
Walter is now being held in the jail in Multnomah County on charges of sexual abuse, harassment, and interference with public transportation laws, online records show. He’s due to appear in court on Friday.
His bail was lowered this week to $US50,000 from $US100,000. According to KATU, Walter could be released if he posts 10% of that total, or $US5,000.
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