What we know about the MAX train double murder suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian
PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) - Jeremy Joseph Christian is facing murder charges after police say he killed two people on a MAX train headed to the Hollywood Transit Center Friday afternoon.
Witness accounts detail the moments leading up to the stabbing as hateful and rage-filled, as Christian allegedly hurled insults at two young Muslim women sitting on the train.
When two men came to the defense of the young women, police say Christian slashed their throats - killing them.
A third stabbing victim is recovering in the hospital.
Christian is no stranger to the law and no stranger to racist rants, either.
Court records show Christian was convicted of robbery and kidnapping in 2002, and KATU News has obtained mugshots of his other arrests dating back to that time.
In the 2002 incident, an officer responding to a robbery call spotted Christian fleeing the scene. Police opened fire on him, striking Christian in the cheek. The wound was not life-threatening.
Most recently, 35-year-old Christian was seen at a protest in Portland's Montavilla neighborhood on April 29.
After the annual 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade was canceled due to violent threats aimed at the Multnomah County Republican Party - which planned to participate in the parade - opposing groups gathered at Montavilla City Park for clashing protests and marches.
In KATU News video from that day, Christian is seen giving what appears to be Nazi salutes and screaming insults at protesters.
Watch the video below (WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE).
While it appears Christian is affiliated with right-wing groups in the Portland area, a prominent alt-right Nationalist leader, Joey Gibson from Vancouver, posted on Facebook Saturday morning denouncing Christian's actions.
Gibson was also in attendance of the April 29 rally and says they do not associate with Christian.
"Extremely hateful man, was yelling and screaming, trying to cause division, calling us names because we didn't stand for it, we didn't want it," said Gibson. He went on to say, "Basically from the beginning, he started doing "hail Hitler stuff", Nazi stuff, racist stuff."
Another post shows a picture of a police officer on fire.
Neighbors say Christian lives with his parents at their North Portland home. No one answered the door Saturday afternoon and no one answered the phone. Neighbors say they did not notice any major issues at the home in the past.
Christian, is facing two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation, and felon in possession of a restricted weapon in the MAX train stabbing. Police say extra charges could come.
On Saturday, police said a review of Christian's record with the Portland Police Bureau show he is not flagged as a criminal gang member, nor does he have any known mental health history listed.
The victims killed have been identified as 53-year-old Ricky John Best of Happy Valley and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche of Southeast Portland. The third surviving victim is 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher of Southeast Portland.
Christian will be arraigned on Tuesday in Multnomah County Court.