Police search for man accused of stabbing TriMet bus driver

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police are searching for a man who stabbed a TriMet bus driver as he was exiting a portable restroom in Southeast Portland Saturday night.

Police say the bus operator, 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 ran away.

"I appreciate everyone's thoughts and well wishes," Nixon said in a statement released by TriMet Sunday. "My main concern right now is catching the man who did this. I am doing well, but I need some time to rest and recover."

It happened near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Flavel Street, police said.

Nixon was taken to a Portland hospital for a stab wound that was considered not life-threatening.

Police said Sunday morning they have not located the suspect. He was described as a black man in his 30s who is 5'9'' and has a beard. He was last seen wearing a black and red coat, brown pants and a stocking cap, police said.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call Portland police at 503-823-0400.