Victims: Man cut our hair while we rode TriMet

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Jared Weston Walter.

MILWAUKIE, Ore. - A man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of sneaking up to women on TriMet buses and cutting their hair, but he is also a person of interest in two unrelated break-ins.

TriMet officials said 22-year-old Jared Weston Walter cut the hair - three times in six weeks - of unsuspecting women as they rode on the bus.

Officials said he was caught on New Year’s Eve as he rode the No. 33 bus in Milwaukie after a woman called 9-1-1, and in another case, TriMet said he put Super Glue in a woman’s hair.

Police also confirmed Monday that Walter is a person of interest in two middle-of-the night break-ins at an apartment complex he was a resident at before being evicted.

The first occurred to Danielle Oliver. She said she believes Walter sneaked into her apartment in the middle of the night in September and coated her hair and pillow with some sort of oil while she and her fiancé slept.

She said she woke up groggy and discovered her purse was gone.

“I started shaking and crying,” said Oliver. “I realized then that somebody had been in our house and it has been pretty traumatizing; it’s been terrifying.”

The substance permanently stained her pillow.

“Waking up and knowing that someone had been in your house and over you is about the scariest thing you can imagine,” Oliver said.

The second break-in occurred at another neighbor’s apartment one floor above where Walter lived.

“We woke up the next morning, and we found pictures off the wall [of] me and my wife,” said Sean Haney.

Investigators said they think the suspect climbed onto patio furniture, pulled himself up on the second floor balcony, and then slid in through unlocked doors.

Walter has not been charged in the break-ins, but in the TriMet cases he has been charged with one count of interfering with public transportation and two counts of third-degree robbery.