Portland Stabbing Victim's Backpack And Wedding Ring Stolen, Thief Apprehended


The man was 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. Portland police told the newspaper that Best's backpack was stolen as he lay bleeding from his wounds, and that his wedding ring is also missing.

Tschaggeny faces charges of second-degree theft, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree 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, a 53-year-old army veteran, was stabbed to death after standing up for two girls being verbally assaulted by a man on the MAX.

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Jeremy Joseph Christian, described in media reports as a "known white supremacist", is in custody for the murder of Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, a recent college graduate. A third man was also stabbed, but survived.

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". Best's camouflage, military-style wallet remains missing, the police spokesman said.

After being apprehended by police, Christian reportedly made a series of vile statements regarding the attack.

Homicide detectives said early investigations indicate that Tschaggeny allegedly removed Best's ring "after the attack". Man arrested in the killingsAfter boarding the MAX light rail train last Friday afternoon, Christian went on a tirade directed at two African-American teenagers - one who was wearing a traditional Muslim hijab, according to witnesses and a police affidavit. His funeral is set for Monday at Christ the King Catholic Church in Milwaukie, Ore. "People in the community saw this and felt the understandable rage that I think everybody felt".