Man Arrested in Theft of Portland Train Victim's Ring

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It remains unclear if this other bag was also stolen or belonged to the suspect.

"The contents of the backpack include personal items important to the Best family", police said in a statement, according to the Denver Post.

George Tschaggeny, 51, has been accused of second-degree abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, identity theft and second-degree theft.

Police said they rushed to defend two women who were being taunted on the train by Jeremy Joseph Christian, who then allegedly stabbed the men. A third stabbing victim, 21-year-old Micah Fletcher, suffered knife wounds to the neck but survived.

Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said detectives wanted to find the suspect so Best's family could get his property back.

Ricky Best was one of the two heroes who were killed after they tried to protect two teenaged female passengers from being verbally assaulted by a man on the light rail train. Portland police have released surveillance video and a short Youtube clip showing the thief exiting the train after the attack. The stabbings attracted widespread national attention.

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Amid the horror and chaos, Simpson said, Tschaggeny removed the ring from Best's finger and stole his backpack.

With his voice breaking, the mayor said of Best: "He was an Army veteran killed on Memorial Day weekend".

According to the O, the suspect's name is George Tschaggeny, who has a criminal record of stealing a vehicle in February, and apparently lives in a homeless encampment near the Transit center where Best was murdered while trying to defend two Black girls (one of whom was Muslim).

In his first court appearance Tuesday, Christian shouted, "Free speech or die, Portland!" I understand that is no measure against their grief.

The news comes as Christian faces charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a weapon. "People in the community saw this and felt the understandable rage that I think everybody felt".