Police say they’ll examine what appears to be the extremist ideology of a man suspected of fatally stabbing two other men on an Oregon train after they apparently attempted to intervene when the man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim.
Police in a statement Saturday also say 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian of Portland doesn’t have any known mental health history listed and he’s not flagged as a criminal gang member.
Christian was arrested on Friday following the stabbing. He’s being held in the Multnomah County Jail on suspicion of aggravated murder and attempted murder. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.Police have also identified the two young women on the train, one of whom was wearing a hijab at the time of the stabbing. Their names haven’t been released.
The mayor of Portland, Oregon, says the two men who were fatally stabbed when they intervened as a man yelled racial slurs at two young women on a light-rail train who appeared to be Muslim “died heroes.”
Speaking at a Saturday afternoon news conference, Mayor Ted Wheeler said “their actions were brave and selfless and should serve as an example, an inspiration to us all.”
Christian of Portland. He is being held in the Multnomah County Jail on suspicion of aggravated murder and attempted murder.
Authorities say the stabbing occurred after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, and other men attempted to intervene.
Police said 53-year-old Ricky John Best of Happy Valley, Oregon, died at the scene on Friday, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche of Portland died at a hospital.
Police said 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher of Portland was also stabbed in the attack and is in serious condition at a Portland hospital.
Wheeler said Best was an Army veteran and a city employee.