Victim of man dubbed TriMet barber: 'Are you cutting my hair?!'

Jared Walter arrest (Courtesy Christian Coats) and his mugshot (Courtesy Multnomah County)

One of the two most recent victims of a man coined the "TriMet barber" said she's worried about him being released again and doing more damage.

Jared Walter was arrested Wednesday night after multiple people called police saying they spotted him in Southeast Portland.

He was arrested on charges of harassment and interfering with public transportation after police say he cut the hair of at least two women aboard TriMet buses in recent weeks.

A woman who didn't want to be identified says Walter attacked her on May 1, 2017 while she was riding the bus. She said she saw him sit down behind her, lean forward and then she felt something tugging on her hair.

"So I said, 'Are you cutting my hair?' And he said, 'I don't know what you're talking about,'" she said. "I noticed he had a pair of scissors coming out of the sleeve of his hoodie."

She's worried about what could happen if Walter is released.

"I think if it was a first offense it would be a different story, but it's obvious he's just going to be put in prison or jail for small stints and he's going to get out and do this again. And I just worry that it's obvious he's not rehabilitating and he's going to do this to somebody else and somebody's really going to get hurt someday," she said.

Walter's court cases go back almost a decade in Texas, where even his mother told KATU News he shouldn't be free to roam in public.

He faced charges in Tacoma before police say he started a string of hair-cutting incidents on TriMet buses in Portland starting in 2010.

In 2014, he was convicted for cutting a woman's hair inside an Oregon City store.

"I feel so bad that another woman has to deal with the terror of just feeling so vulnerable," the victim in the 2014 incident told KATU News. "I feel bad that he's gotten out again and done it... again."

Walter has been living in shelters in Oregon City and downtown Portland, so he told a judge Thursday it wouldn't matter what kind of bail was set for him - he says he wouldn't be able to afford any amount.

He's due back in court June 14.

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