TriMet offers reward in attack on bus operator

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Operator remains hospitalized; suspect in stabbing still on the loose

TriMet once again is offering a reward and appealing to the community to help catch a suspect who stabbed one of our bus operators. The attack happened yesterday about 2:45 p.m. outside a permanent TriMet layover facility at SE 94th and Foster. It is the second time a TriMet bus operator was stabbed in the general area. In both cases the suspects appear to be transients frequenting homeless camps in the area along I-205.

TriMet and the Transit Police Division immediately increased security at both assault locations as well as elsewhere in that area. Leaders from TriMet, the City of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will meet next Tuesday to work on a solution to the transient problem in the area. It’s not only impacting TriMet, but neighbors and local businesses as well.

“We take each of these incidents very seriously and are grateful our operator is recovering,” said TriMet’s Executive Director of Safety & Security Harry Saporta. “As we add more patrols along the area where our operator was assaulted, we look forward to working with our community partners on both short-term and long-term solutions to help keep our operators, our riders, and the neighbors feel safe as they go about their daily lives.”

The operator attacked yesterday remains hospitalized. We are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the attacker. Here is an updated description of the man:

  • White male
  • Mid-30s
  • About 5’9”
  • Medium weight
  • Medium length brown hair
  • Unshaven with scars on face
  • Unique black and white “checker board” tattoo covering front of neck.
  • Was wearing black pants and a green t-shirt

We also continue to offer a reward in the April attack at SE 92nd and Flavel. Police typically do not encourage offering a reward immediately after an incident, however the lead detective in yesterday’s attack said offering a reward at this time may be helpful in capturing the suspect.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect in either case is asked to call police or call TriMet customer service at 503-238-RIDE.