East Portland

TriMet doubles reward in two bus driver attacks

PORTLAND, Ore. - TriMet is doubling the reward for information that leads to the suspects that stabbed bus drivers in two separate attacks. The reward is now $2,000 for each crime.

"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 TriMet Executive Director of Safety, Security and Environmental Services Harry Saporta. "By raising the reward, we hope people will come forward with information that will lead police to the persons responsible."

A man with a black and white checkerboard tattoo on his neck is suspected of stabbing a bus driver who was coming out of a TriMet break room facility under the Interstate 205 overpass at Southeast 94th Avenue and Foster Road. Fadi Hamad, 40, was stabbed in the neck (just inches from an artery) and also in the stomach during the attack, which happened last month. He survived.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 30s who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build and medium-length brown hair. He had an unshaven face with several scars and was last seen wearing a green t-shirt and black pants.

The other assault happened back in April near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Flavel Street.

Police say a TriMet bus driver, 35-year-old Brian Nixon, was using the restroom when someone banged on the door. When the driver opened the door, the man demanded to use the bathroom and then stabbed him in the leg.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and has a beard. He was last seen wearing a black and red coat, brown pants and a stocking cap.

Anyone with information that can help investigators track down the suspects is asked to call Detective Paul Dolbey at (503) 823-0451.

Police believe both of the suspects had spent time in homeless camps in the area.