Police identify suspect in double killing on Oregon train
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 6:18
Christian started shouting ethnic and religious slurs, apparently at the two young women, one of whom wore a Muslim head-covering, the Portland Police Department said in a statement. Neither of the two women were harmed.
"In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him, appeared to try to intervene with his behaviour".
Police say they'll examine what appears to be the extremist ideology of a man suspected of fatally stabbing two other men on an OR train after they apparently attempted to intervene when the man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim.
The incident happened Friday at approximately 4:30 p.m. near Portland's Hollywood District.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner was scheduled to conduct autopsies on the two deceased victims late Saturday morning.
A third passenger was also stabbed, but suffered non-life threatening injures, said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson.
After fleeing the scene, he was arrested late on Friday and is now being held without bail. He was being held Saturday at the Multnomah County jail without opportunity for bail. Police were still working on Friday night to identify the man and the people who were attacked.
The stabbing attack shocked the city. "It is simply terrible". "Ramadan started just a couple hours ago", said Khan.
Three men tried to defend the women and opposed the racist for his slurs, only to get stabbed.
It was not clear why the man was yelling, Simpson said.
"We will certainly be looking at the facts and evidence as the investigation unfolds to determine whether there is any potential federal violation", the FBI said in its statement. "He was saying something about America, 'This a free country, I can do whatever I want, ' and other people said, 'Calm down'".
"As something like this happens, this only instills fear in that community".
The attack prompted a slew of outraged and shocked responses Friday from Portland residents and lawmakers, as well as national organizations.
"Champions of justice risked and lost their lives", Merkley said.
A spokesperson for the FBI's Portland division said the agency is offering any help that may be needed, and will be looking at whether any federal violation occurred.
Simpson called the stabbing an isolated incident.
"We are very sad". "We are very sorry for the two men who tried to do the right thing".
A Facebook page that appears to belong to Christian mentions "Jihadi Muslims" among people he dislikes.
Investigators haven't been able to determine if the two Muslim women previously mentioned were truly the target of Christian's crazed hate rant.