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Man accused of cutting woman’s hair on TriMet bus arrested

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Jared Weston Walter, images released by Portland Police Bureau. Jared Weston Walter, images released by Portland Police Bureau.
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The man accused of cutting women’s hair on TriMet buses and MAX trains is behind bars once again after a FOX 12 viewer recognized him and chased him down.

Jared Walter has been in jail and in the news plenty of times, so when Christian Coats spotted him in southeast Portland Wednesday night, he said he had to make sure Walter didn’t get away.

Walter, 30, had gone to jail in 2013 for cutting women’s hair and sexual assault but had since been released.

Last week TriMet officials said he was at it again, so police put out his picture and asked for tips and TriMet offered a $1,000 reward for information on him.

Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Coats was out shopping with his son at 82nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard when he recognized Walter. Coats tried to engage him in conversation but said Walter got suspicious and ran.

Coats said chased him through a neighborhood for about 20 minutes while calling police before finally cornering Walter and holding him down until officers arrived.

“Ever since I seen him on the news, I was like, ‘I’d sure like to bump into him,’ and I got him,” Coats told FOX 12. “I knew I just had to catch this guy before he did something else.”

Walter was arraigned Thursday on harassment and interfering with public transportation. TriMet officials say they are considering a long term ban to keep him off MAX trains and buses in the future.

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