Man arrested in theft of Portland train victim's ring

Jackie Newman
June 3, 2017

Police in Portland, Oregon, arrested a homeless man for allegedlystealing the wedding ring and backpack of one the two men stabbed to death last week on a commuter train while defending two women. Police say Tschaggeny was previously caught on surveillance footage carrying the Best's backpack after the incident.

Police say the backpack contains items that are personal and important to the Best family.

The 51-year-old man will be arraigned Monday on charges of theft, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Best, who was 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, who was 23, died while trying to shield two young women, 16-year-old Destinee Mangum and her 17-year-old friend, who was wearing a hijab, from an anti-Muslim tirade.

Micah Fletcher, 21, also intervened and was injured.

Portland Police did not immediately respond to a request for more information about the apprehended suspect.

Best and the two other stabbing victims have been hailed as heroes.

Police released surveillance photos of a man with long hair and a baseball cap fleeing the scene of the attack late Thursday.

Police later arrested Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, in connection with the killings.

In his first court appearance Tuesday, Christian shouted, "Free speech or die, Portland!"

Amid the horror and chaos, Simpson said, Tschaggeny removed the ring from Best's finger and stole his backpack.

FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said the bureau is investigating the attack to determine whether to charge Mr Christian with terrorism or a federal hate crime. "I stabbed the two (expletives) in the neck and I'm happy now", he was recorded as saying.

"I spoke with police officers on the phone tonight, and I just hear the anger and shock in their voices after they made this disturbing discovery."
Stabbing suspect faces 9 chargesChristian faces nine charges: two counts of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, first-degree assault, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of intimidation.

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