Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Wedding ring, backpack stolen from victim of Portland double-homicide

This man is wanted for stealing a backpack and wedding ring from Ricky Best after he was stabbed to death on a MAX train This man is wanted for stealing a backpack and wedding ring from Ricky Best after he was stabbed to death on a MAX train
Owen Mccarthy | 03 June, 2017, 07:28

Portland police are looking for a man accused of stealing TriMet stabbing victim Rick Best's wedding ring and backpack after the attack.

"Based on the investigation, detectives believe that Tschaggeny removed Best's ring from his finger after the attack", Portland police said in a news release.

The suspect is also carrying a second backpack, but police don't know whether it was his.

Portland police told the newspaper that Best's backpack was stolen as he lay bleeding from his wounds, and that his wedding ring is also missing.

He now faces charges of abuse of a corpse in the second degree, theft in the second degree and tampering with physical evidence.

51-year-old George Elwood Tschaggeny (pronounced CHAW-guy-KNEE) was arrested in the area of Northeast Halsey Street under the Cesar E. Chavez overpass along I-84.

Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, were stabbed to death while trying to defend two girls from 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, who allegedly yelled anti-Muslim slurs at the girls.

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Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said detectives wanted to find the suspect so Best's family could get his property back.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was arrested and charged in the stabbings which gained worldwide attention.

Portland Police have released an image of a man they say carried Mr Best's backpack from the scene. "That action is just incredibly heartless and unconscionable".

Following the attack, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler published a statement in which he lauded Best, Meche and Fletcher as heroes. "I can die in prison a happy man".

According to The Oregonian, a witness to the stabbings said Namkai-Meche's last words before being taken away by paramedics were, "Tell everyone on this train I love them". "After serving in the military, he'd usually say, 'Hey, I'm not getting shot at, why shouldn't I smile?'"

Christian was arraigned on Tuesday on three felony murder charges, one felony assault charge, three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor counts of intimidation.

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