Suspect accused of stealing wedding ring, backpack from Portland stabbing victim
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 1:57
On Friday, June 2, Portland police announced that the suspect in the theft of property from deceased Portland stabbing victim Ricky Best has been apprehended. The third man, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, survived the attack.
With his voice breaking, the mayor said of Best: "He was an Army veteran killed on Memorial Day weekend".
Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, had recently graduated with an economics degree and was on an internship with a consultancy firm. Tschaggeny faces three charges, including theft in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse in the second degree.
Police say Tschaggeny was wearing Best's wedding ring at the time of his arrest earlier Friday.
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Authorities said Tschaggeny stole Best's belongings as commuters fled the train.
PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson said news of the theft angered detectives involved with the MAX attack investigation, and every officer was on the lookout for the thief. Police say Tschaggeny was previously caught on surveillance footage carrying the Best's backpack after the incident. Prosecutors said Jeremy Joseph is accused of attacking them after they confronted him for harassing two young black women, one of whom wore a Muslim head covering. He was wearing a black T-shirt with an image of Marilyn Monroe and an American flag. Police said the attacker slashed the throats of Best and Namkai-Meche, as they tried to defend the girls, killing them.
Police released surveillance photos and video of the suspect Thursday night. "I stabbed the two (expletives) in the neck and I'm happy now", he was recorded as saying.
Christian was arraigned on Tuesday on three felony murder charges, one felony assault charge, three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor counts of intimidation. OR has not executed a prisoner in more than two decades.