Portland stabbing suspect yells slogans at court hearing

Alejandro Massey
June 2, 2017

Fletcher was stabbed in the neck but survived. And I think he's also anxious about the kind of thing, you know, that we saw in court today where you have supporters of the victims in this case and people who are calling themselves free speech activists clashing and that that could lead to more violence.

In the squad vehicle, police recorders captured statements by Christian, the affidavit said according to Willamette Week.

Fletcher said he is just focusing on trying to get better. "I'm a kid from Portland. they will always be heroes in the eyes of this city".

"I don't know that officers came in contact with him that night", Simpson said. "I call it patriotism".

After being questioned by police, Christian was eventually booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on 2 counts of aggravated murder, 2 counts of second-degree intimidation, 3 counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count each of attempted aggravated murder and first-degree assault.

Christian, who faces aggravated murder and other charges, didn't enter a plea. OR has not executed a prisoner in more than two decades. The incident happened on a light rail train in Portland on Friday. It cited train security video and passengers' cell phone video. Authorities say Jeremy Joseph Christian started verbally abusing two young women, including one wearing a hijab. "Go home. We need Americans here!" Simpson also said that Christian was maced the day before the deadly attack. Tell us about the scene.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack to determine whether to charge Christian with terrorism or a federal hate crime, Portland FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said. The other was wearing a hijab.

Tomica Clark told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she has known Christian since elementary school.

One of the teens, Destinee Mangum, 16, told CNN affiliate KPTV that Christian "told us to go back to Saudi Arabia", and said that "we should just kill ourselves".

Wheeler's comments come days after a man on a Portland train shouted racial and religious hate speech, some of it directed at two women, police say. But Namkai-Meche was closest to her.

Christian pulled a folded knife from his pocket and concealed it in his hand.

Fletcher shoved Christian so hard the suspect lost his balance.

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"Hit me again", Christian replied.

Video showed Christian swinging his arm and - in one motion - opening the knife and stabbing Fletcher in the neck.

Christian is accused of fatally stabbing Namkai-Meche and 53-year-old Ricky Best, a military vet and father of four. When Best moved forward to intervene, he too was stabbed.

One passenger tried to intervene and was not hurt.

"I just didn't want him to be alone", Macy said. And in recent weeks and months, he had showed up at a protest in town and given the Nazi salute, said a number of bigoted things and had also reportedly thrown a bottle at an African-American woman at another public transit stop earlier that week.

He was treated for his injuries and released by the hospital.

A third man who tried to step in was also stabbed, but survived. But Christian continued shouting, including a statement about "decapitating heads", the man later told police.

Officers requested a specially-equipped patrol vehicle be brought to transport Christian to the Portland Police Bureau's Detective Division.

Witness Rachel Macy told reporters at the Oregonian she stayed by Namkai-Meche's side as he was loaded onto a stretcher.

(AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus). A heart-shaped wreath covered with positive messages hangs on a traffic light pole at a memorial for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday, while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting ag.

A mortally wounded Namkai-Meche lay on the floor of the train.

As she pressed her own shirt onto the wound on his neck, she looked into his eyes. Her son and another man died.

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