Sketch: Checkerboard tattoo will give TriMet stabbing suspect away

PORTLAND, Ore. - The man who stabbed a TriMet bus driver had a distinctive checkerboard tattoo around his neck, a police sketch of the suspect revealed Thursday.

The violent incident happened last month just outside of an employee break room near a bus stop under the Interstate 205 overpass at Southeast 94th Avenue and Foster Road.

Fadi Hamad, 40, was stabbed in the neck (just inches from an artery) and also in the stomach. He survived the attack and said he feels "lucky to be alive."

After the incident, the suspect fled the area on foot and disappeared into the woodwork. Police searched the area extensively but could not find him.

In addition to the tattoo around his neck, there are now more details about his description:

  • White male in his mid-30s
  • 5 feet, 9 inches tall
  • Medium build
  • Medium-length brown hair
  • Unshaven face with several scars
  • Last seen wearing a green t-shirt and black pants

TriMet is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. If you spot the suspect, call 9-1-1. If you have any other information that can help investigators, call Detective Paul Dolbey at (503) 823-0451 or send him an e-mail.