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TriMet bus driver stabbed outside SE Portland break area

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland police are searching for an attacker who stabbed a TriMet bus driver Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators said it happened at a TriMet break room facility at Southeast 94th and Foster Road underneath Interstate 205.

The suspect confronted the driver and then stabbed him twice. The driver, who has not yet been identified, walked to another bus and had that driver call 911.

Officers and paramedics rushed to the scene and found the victim at 2:45 p.m. He was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

"The perpetrator used some racial slurs and he was stabbed," said Dan Martin, an executive board officer with the Amalgamated Transit Union, who visited the victim in the hospital. "So there's a lot of emotional and physical healing that needs to take place."

The suspect ran away west on Foster. No weapon was found at the scene.

TriMet is working with transit police to locate any video which might aid in the identification and capture of the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid-30s with brown hair and neck tattoos. He wore black pants and a green T-shirt.

Anyone who sees the man is asked to call 911.

Martin said the suspect attacked the victim after he was not allowed to use the employee restroom in the break room.

"He quoted company policy that this is an employee facility only, and the man attacked him," said Martin.

Another TriMet operator was attacked at Southeast 92nd and Flavel in April. Both cases, according to the agency, are believed to be the acts of transients who frequent homeless camps along I-205.

TriMet is immediately increasing security at both crime scene locations. The city of Portland, TriMet and the Oregon Department of Transportation will also be meeting to address the transient camps.

TriMet released a statement Wednesday saying, "Our thoughts and concern are with the operator."

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