Suspect sought in theft of Portland victim's backpack, wedding ring

03 June, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Brittany Bishop
  • The suspect in a surveillance image from police

Surveillance video captured a heartless thief in a Marilyn Monroe T-shirt walking off with a wedding ring and backpack belonging to one of two people killed in last week's Portland train attack.

After Tschaggeny's arrest, Portland police tweeted: Suspect in theft of property from Ricky Best has been apprehended. Police say Tschaggeny was previously caught on surveillance footage carrying the Best's backpack after the incident.

Police say the backpack contains "personal items important to the Best family", but declined to give additional details.

The 51-year-old man will be arraigned Monday on charges of theft, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Police named the man as George Tschaggeny a short time after he was arrested at a homeless camp beneath a Portland highway overpass.


Best, 53, was on his way home when 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian began shouting anti-Muslim slurs at two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a head scarf.

The man then turned his anger on those who tried to help, fatally stabbing Best and Meche and injuring Fletcher.

"They've suffered an huge loss and this is just one more layer of tragedy to their already bad experience", Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

OR authorities on Friday identified a homeless man they say stole valuables from one of the victims of a double homicide in Portland last week.

Police spokesman Pete Simpson said that the men had been attacked "viciously" by the suspect as they were trying to "de-escalate him and protect some other people on the train". Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, was taken to a hospital, where he died. Once arrested, Christian made shocking statements when he was put in the back of a police auto equipped with audio and video recording devices, according to an affidavit released Tuesday. He has yet to enter a plea on charges of aggravated murder and other crimes.

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