PORTLAND -- Police on Thursday released a sketch of the man who stabbed a bus driver near a TriMet station in Southeast Portland on July 17th.

TriMet driver Fadi Hamad, 40, was stabbed two or three times as he walked near the TriMet station at Southeast 94th Avenue and Southeast Foster Road.

He said the knife got stuck in a back brace that he was wearing and then he managed to wrestle it away from his attacker. After the suspect fled, another driver arrived and helped the victim get back to his bus, where they called 911 together.

The suspect was described as a white man in his mid-30s, standing about 5-foot-9-inches tall, with a medium build, medium-length brown hair, and unshaven face with several scars. He also had a black and white checkerboard tattoo on the front of his neck and was last seen wearing a green T-shirt with black pants.

Hamad also said he recognized his attacker as a man who frequently rides the TriMet system, especially lines 19, 71 and 72 around the 82nd and Duke area.

TriMet has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Tipsters were urged to call 9-1-1 if they see someone matching the suspect description. Anyone with non-emergency information was encouraged to contact detective Paul Dolbey at (503) 823-0451 or send him an email.

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