Suspect accused of stealing Portland stabbing victim's wedding ring and backpack arrested

This man is wanted for stealing a backpack and wedding ring from Ricky Best after he was stabbed to death on a MAX train

A man suspected of stealing an Army veteran's wedding ring and backpack after he was fatally stabbed on a train in Portland, Oregon, last week trying to protect two young women who were being harassed.

After the images and video were released to the public on Thursday evening, detectives received numerous tips that a person matching the suspect's description frequented the area of I-84 and Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Police have yet to identify the suspected ring and backpack thief.

Detectives also recovered Best's backpack, but some items were missing, including a wallet with phone numbers of some of Best's long-time friends.

Tschaggeny faces three charges, including theft in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse in the second degree.

George Elwood Tschaggeny in a police booking photo.

Ricky Best, a 53-year-old United States military veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, was allegedly murdered by Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, after intervening to stop him racially abusing two women. A third intervening man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was slashed in the throat but survived.




Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Best told The Oregonian that Tschaggeny took advantage of chaos in the aftermath of the stabbing and snatched Best's backpack and the wedding ring off his finger.

Olivia Leap lays flowers at Portland Max metro stop shrine to fallen heroes of the fatal stabbing by alleged white supremacist Jeremy Christian.

Police had earlier released surveillance footage of an unidentified man carrying victim Mr Best's backpack, leaving the Portland MAX commuter train shortly after the stabbings. Authorities said Tschaggeny was wearing Best's ring when he was arrested on Friday.

"It's just unconscionable to do what he did", Simpson said. "I can die in prison a happy man".

"I hope they all die". "After serving in the military, he'd usually say, 'Hey, I'm not getting shot at, why shouldn't I smile?'"

Christian was arraigned Tuesday on several charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

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