Man arrested in theft of Portland train victim's ring

Posted June 03, 2017

A week after two men were fatally stabbed on a Portland, Oregon, MAX train for standing up to a white supremacist who was harassing two teenage girls, police are seeking a man suspected of stealing the wedding ring and backpack belonging to one of the victims.

Candles with photos of Taliesin Namkai-Meche, right, and Ricky Best on them are shown at a memorial for the two men in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

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

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Tschaggeny faces charges of second-degree theft, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree abuse of a corpse.

George Tschaggeny, 51, was wearing Best's ring when he was arrested at a small homeless camp under a Portland overpass, Simpson said. A third man was stabbed, but survived.

"They've suffered an vast loss and this is just one more layer of tragedy to their already bad experience", Sgt. Pete Simpson said of the family, according to KOIN. In a 17-second-long surveillance video released by police, the suspect is seen leaving the MAX train carrying what appears to be Best's backpack in his right hand.

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In court on Tuesday, Christian shouted, "Death to the enemies of America".

The Portland train attack and the three heroes who risked their lives to protect two young women they didn't know has caught the nation's attention this past week. A wedding ring was also taken off the finger of the victim at the scene. Police said Christian had been shouting anti-Muslim slurs toward the girls. "I can die in prison a happy man".

"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."

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Over the killings, Mr Christian has been arraigned on three felony murder charges, one felony assault charge, three felony weapons charges, and two misdemeanour counts of intimidation. "After serving in the military, he'd usually say, 'Hey, I'm not getting shot at, why shouldn't I smile?'"