Transit Police Arrest Man for Lewd Acts on a TriMet Bus

May 14, 2013 14:35

  

The Portland Police Bureau wants to make people aware that the following news release contains some graphic descriptions of a criminal act connected to the investigation and arrest of 26-year-old Jared Weston Walter:

On Monday May 13, 2013, Officers assigned to the Transit Police Division responded to the Downtown transit mall on a report of a male that had ejaculated on the back of a female victim's head. The suspect fled the bus prior to police arrival.

Officers took witness and victim statements and recovered DNA evidence at the scene. Further investigation revealed similar incidents involving the same suspect that occurred in the previous three weeks, one in Portland and one in Clackamas County.

At the time of those first two reports, the victims were unsure as to what had transpired, and the seriousness of the offense was not understood.

Eyewitness accounts as well as TriMet surveillance video allowed police to identify the suspect as 26-year-old Jared Weston Walter. The suspect was familiar to the Transit Police, because they had arrested him in 2009 for repeatedly applying superglue into women's hair and cutting women's hair while riding on TriMet buses. It was determined that Walter had recently been paroled from prison, and is on Post Prison Supervision out of Clackamas County.

Walter's preferred offending pattern is to sit or stand behind a female victim on a TriMet bus and fondle their hair while he masturbates. Walter was known to frequent the bus lines between Downtown Portland and Milwaukie / Oregon City, including lines 31, 33 and 99.

The Transit Police Division, Milwaukie Police Department, Oregon City Police Department, Clackamas County Community Corrections and TriMet worked quickly and cooperatively in an effort to apprehend Walter. Transit Police Officers arrested Walter as he attempted to board a TriMet bus downtown yesterday.

Walter was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on multiple counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree, Interfering with Public Transportation, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Public Indecency.

Walter is a white male, 5'8", 145 lbs with short brown hair. He is known to wear a black leather waist-length jacket and blue jeans.

Investigators are releasing Walter's booking photo as well as surveillance photos that might assist in more victims stepping forward to police.

Investigators believe there are additional victims that have yet to be identified. Anyone who believes they may have witnessed a similar incident, or has been a victim, is urged to contact Transit Police Officer West Helfrich at (503) 545-3860 or west.helfrich@portlandoregon.gov .

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