PORTLAND – TriMet announced Monday that it was doubling the rewards for two recent bus driver assault cases, in hopes of generating new leads. The transit agency is now offering $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest in either case.
On July 17, TriMet driver Fadi Hamad, 40, was stabbed as he walked near the TriMet station at Southeast 94th Avenue and Southeast Foster Road. Hamad said the suspect (pictured right) frequently rides the TriMet system, especially lines 19, 71 and 72 around the 82nd and Duke area.
The suspect was described as in his mid-30s with scars on his face and a checkerboard tattoo on his neck.
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On April 20, TriMet bus driver Brian Nixon, 35, was stabbed as he was exiting a portable restroom in Portland's Lents neighborhood.
The suspect in that attack (pictured left) was described as an African-American man in his 30s, about 5 foot 9 and wearing a black and red coat, brown pants and a stocking cap.
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“We need to get these men off the streets, not just to bring closure for our operators who were hurt, but so everyone in the community can feel safer,” said Harry Saporta of TriMet.
Police said they believe both attacks were committed by transients who frequent homeless camps along Interstate 205.
Anyone with information about the attacks was asked to contact TriMet customer service at 503-238-RIDE.
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