‘TriMet Barber’ guilty again of cutting women’s hair

Jury found Jared Weston Walker guilty in a short trial

Jared Weston Walter, aka The TriMet Barber, at the opening day of his trial in Multnomah County, July 6, 2017 (KOIN)
Jared Weston Walter, aka The TriMet Barber, at the opening day of his trial in Multnomah County, July 6, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Jared Walter — aka the TriMet Barber — was found guilty of misdemeanors in a short jury trial in Multnomah County.

The 30-year-old registered sex offender was on trial for cutting a woman’s hair on a TriMet bus May 1. He was found guilty on July 5 of harassment and interfering with public transportation. Walter was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

This incident was not the first time Walter did this.

In June 2010, January 2011, June 2013 and March 2015 Walter committed similar crimes. He’s been convicted multiple times, spending time behind bars for each offense. In the 2013 case, he masturbated and ejaculated on women passengers sitting in front of him.

The latest victim took the stand Wednesday to explain what happened to her — which was also caught on camera.

She said she was on the bus home from work when Walter got on near the Saturday Market. She was sitting near the back and he sat right behind her. After a few minutes, she felt a tug on her hair and concerned, ran to the driver. She said Walter cut 3-4 inches of her hair.

She’s left wondering what might happen when Walter gets out of jail.

“I’m glad he’s not going to be in the community in the next couple years, that’s comforting to me,” she said. “I am definitely concerned what will happen after those 2 years.”

Walter was sentenced to jail in July 2015 for violating his Clackamas County probation.

Walter’s long criminal record

Jared Walter is originally from Houston and has a criminal record in Texas, Washington and Oregon.

After being convicted of climbing into a woman’s bed while she was sleeping, Walter spent more than 2 years in a Texas prison.

Then in 2009 he sprayed superglue into a woman’s hair at a Tacoma hardware store, receiving 2 years probation plus restitution for the woman’s hair care.

He was also charged with supergluing a 12-year-old girl’s hair at a Walmart in Texas and accused of using superglue in the hair of women riding TriMet buses.

Those convictions — as is his most recent in Portland Thursday — are all misdemeanors.

KOIN 6 News investigative reporter Dan Tilkin contributed to this report.