Suspect in Portland commuter train attack to be arraigned in court


The man, Joseph Christian, fatally stabbed two other passengers on board and seriously injured another after they tried to stop him from harassing the women, according to police.

"He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia and that we shouldn't be here and to get out of his country", said Destinee Mangum, who was on the train with a friend wearing a Muslim head scarf. He yelled statements including, "Go home, we need American here", "I don't care if you are ISIS", and "Free speech or die".

Asha Deliverance, the mother of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, one of the two men who was killed on Friday, in an open letter to Trump that was posted on social media on Tuesday, urged the president to condemn "acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech".

Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was stabbed in the neck.

"I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me", she said.

You have said that you will be President for all Americans.

"Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best".

Michaels says Fletcher told her Christian yelled the epithets and also threatened to decapitate people.

On Monday, Trump condemned the killing of the two men who came to the womens' defense.

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Along with another bystander, 53-year-old Rick Best, Namkai-Meche tried to calm Christian down. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the heroes in Portland and the loved ones they left behind".

During a press conference on May 27, the special agent in charge of Oregon's Federal Bureau of Investigation, Loren Cannon, said it was too early for them to designate the Portland stabbing as an act of terrorism or a hate crime.

The man now identified as Christian boarded the eastbound train at the Lloyd Center shopping mall and immediately started "screaming that he was a taxpayer, that colored people were ruining the city, and he had First Amendment rights", then began spewing anti-Muslim slurs, Macy said.

The suspect attacked the men, stabbing three, before leaving the train. "'What you did was total kindness You're such a handsome man".

Christian, 35, is now being held without bail at the Multnomah County jail on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

This booking photo provided by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Jeremy Joseph Christian.

Two precious lives were lost this Memorial Day weekend in Portland and one more, almost so.

The 35-year-old OR man is accused of stabbing to death two good Samaritans who came to the rescue of two young women being harangued on a Portland commuter train. A stranger intervened, telling Christian he couldn't disrespect the girls in such a way, she said. The aggravated murder charges have the death penalty as a possible sentence.

A day before the attack, cellphone video confirmed by police Sgt. Pete Simpson shows Christian using expletives as he rants about Muslims, Christians and Jews on a train.