One of the men who was stabbed to death by a white supremacist on a Portland train had his backpack and wedding ring stolen off his dead body.
Portland police say they’ve nabbed the man suspected of stealing the backpack and wedding ring of a good Samaritan fatally stabbed on a train platform while defending two women.
Police said George Tschaggeny, 51, was wearing the ring when he was taken into custody. Officers believe he took the ring off Rick Best’s finger after police said he was stabbed by self-proclaimed white nationalist Jeremy Christian, 35, last week.
Best, 53, died along with 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche. A third victim, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher survived the attack.
Tschaggeny, who is homeless, faces charges of second-degree abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, identity theft and second-degree theft.
Christian attacked the men after they tried to protect two young black girls at whom Christian was yelling racist and anti-Muslim remarks. One of the girls is Muslim and was wearing a hijab.
Police say Best’s backpack contained items that are personal and important to his family, including his list of all the people who served with him during his 23 years in the Army that was in a camo-colored wallet.
Best’s wallet was not found when Tschaggeny was taken into custody.
Police released surveillance photos and video of Tschaggeny on Thursday night. In the photos, he is seen carrying Best’s black backpack in his right hand and another backpack in his left hand leaving the scene after the May 26 stabbing, police said.
The news prompted immediate outrage across social media, with local and national news outlets widely circulating the images and asking for the public to help.
Police credited the public’s help in apprehending Tschaggeny, specifically a Domino’s Pizza worker who recognized him.
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