Hair-cutting sex offender chased by civilians, arrested by police – kgw.com
UPDATE: Jared Weston Walter, wanted for cutting women’s hair on a TriMet bus, was arrested Wednesday night with the help of some vigilant civilians.
Portland Police reported that several different callers to 9-1-1 reported seeing Walter in the area of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard.
Officers located him at 7:52 p.m. in the 4300 block of Southeast 89th Avenue and took him into custody, after civilians in the neighborhood had chased him themselves, police reported.
Walter’s arrest came just hours after a $1,000 reward was offered for information leading to his arrest.
Walter was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Harassment (two counts) and Interfering with Public Transportation (two counts). He will be arraigned on Thursday.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads police to a registered sex offender accused of cutting a woman’s hair on a TriMet bus then fleeing the area.
Jared Weston Walter, 30, has been previously investigated, charged and convicted for similar activities, targeting women of all ages.
In 2010, Walter was sentenced to 14 months in prison for clipping women’s hair on TriMet buses around Portland. Other victims said Walter also put super glue in their hair.
In 2013, Walter was again arrested when police said that on at least three occasions he ejaculated into the hair of different women riding TriMet. He was sentenced to two years in prison for those charges but was released from custody in July 2014.
And then in 2014, Walter followed a woman into a Dollar Tree Store at the Oregon City Shopping Center and cut her hair with scissors.
“We will not tolerate this type of behavior on our transit system,” said TriMet safety director Harry Saporta. “As this individual has clearly shown he will continue to re-offend despite repercussions, we will work closely with transit police and the district attorney’s office to find this individual and seek the harshest penalty possible.”
Saporta said while the maximum TriMet exclusion is six months, the agency is exploring a long-term ban that will keep Walter off of TriMet vehicles and property once he is caught.
Anyone who sees Walter should call 911 immediately. Anyone with non-emergency information about Walter, or anyone who may have been a victim, is asked to email CrimeStoppers or call transit police at 503-962-7566.
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