Portland police: Homeless man took bag off train

Posted June 03, 2017

"Suspect in theft of property from Ricky Best has been apprehended", the department tweeted.

Best, a retired Army veteran and married father of four, was one of three men who stood up for two girls on Portland's MAX train when Jeremy Joseph Christian allegedly began threatening them in a bigoted, anti-Muslim tirade. A third man was injured and subsequently released from the hospital.

Police said Best's wallet was missing from his backpack. Best died on the train and another victim died at a hospital.

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

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Now, Portland police say that as Best lay helpless, someone apparently made off with his wedding ring and backpack.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland police official spokesperson, said that the theft of the Portland stabbing victim's personal belongings was "really an unconscionable act" and that it was an "awful scenario for [his] family". Tschaggeny faces three charges, including theft in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse in the second degree.

Christian attacked the men after they tried to protect two young black girls at whom Christian was yelling racist and anti-Muslim remarks. Best and Meche were both killed, while Fletcher survived. Once arrested, Christian made shocking statements when he was put in the back of a police vehicle equipped with audio and video recording devices, according to an affidavit released Tuesday. "I hope they all die". "After serving in the military, he'd usually say, 'Hey, I'm not getting shot at, why shouldn't I smile?'"

The suspect in the stabbing attack has been charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, possession of a restricted weapon, and second-degree intimidation. CNN has reached out to Christian's attorney for comment.

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