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Court docs: Suspect in deadly MAX stabbing threatened to decapitate people

The FBI says it's investigating whether Jeremy Christian, 35, will face federal hate crime charges in a deadly stabbing on a MAX train in Portland on Friday. Police said Christian used hate speech while verbally harassing two young women, one reportedly wearing a Muslim hijab, before the stabbing victims came to their defense.

Jeremy Christian, the man accused of killing two people and injuring another aboard a MAX train last week, threatened to "decapitate" people during attack.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, faces two counts of felony aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder and intimidation charges.

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The attack happened Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims. Authorities say Christian started verbally abusing two young women, including one wearing a hijab. Three other men on the train intervened before police say Christian attacked them, killing two and wounding one.

Taliesin Myrddin Kamkai Meche and Ricky Best passed away from their injuries. Micah Fletcher, 21, was injured but is expected to be OK.

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Officers have reviewed surveillance video and cell phone recordings that shows Christian stab the three men on the train, according to a probable cause affidavit released Monday.

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Court documents say Christian was taking "large drinks" of wine from a bag before the stabbing took place. After harassing the two young women, surveillance video shows Christian approaching Namkai-Meche.

Fletcher then stood up, and Christian shoved him in the chest before pulling out a folding knife with a 3.5-inch blade. Fletcher shoves him back, and Christian said "hit me again."

According to the affidavit, Christian flicked the knife open and stabbed Fletcher in the neck before attacking Namkai-Meche. Best then rushed forward on the commuter train to intervene, and he was also stabbed, police said.

Witnesses said Christian got off the train at the Hollywood Transit Center, holding out the knife and threatening people on the MAX stop platform.

Police found Christian a few blocks away. Officers said he hurled the knife at a police vehicle before he was arrested.

Christian was charged with two counts of aggravated murder, aggravated attempted murder, first-degree assault, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of intimidation.

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