The Portland man who allegedly killed two men on a commuter train after they intervened as he spewed hate speech at two women who looked Muslim is a known local white supremacist, a local newspaper reports.
Jeremy Christian, 35, was arrested early Saturday and charged with two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of intimidation – a hate crime, and with being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, in connection with the slayings on the MAX or Metropolitan Area Express Light Rail on Friday, the Portland Mercury reports.
Christian was harassing two women who looked Muslim, including one wearing a traditional hijab.
The Portland Police Bureau says in a report that the man “was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would be best characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions. At least two of the victims attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down. The suspect attacked the men, stabbing three, before leaving the train.”
Two of those stabbed, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, died from their injuries. Micah David-Cole Fletcher is recovering in hospital.
Christian’s Facebook page included several posts with anti-Semitic messages.
In January he wrote in a post: “Trump is the Next Hitler then I am joining his SS to put an end to Monotheist Question. All Zionist Jews, All Christians who do not follow Christ’s teaching of Love, Charity, and Forgiveness And All Jihadi Muslims are going to Madagascar or the Ovens/FEMA Camps!!! Does this make me a fascist!!! #MonotheistHolocaust FinalSolutionToTheMonotheistQuestion”