Police: Suspect took wedding ring off MAX stabbing hero's finger after attack
Portland Police say a 51-year-old man has been arrested for stealing a wedding ring off the finger of a man who was stabbed to death last week in the MAX attack.
Police say Jeremy Christian stabbed three men who were trying to protect two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, from an anti-Muslim tirade last Friday afternoon. Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, passed away from their injuries, while Micah Fletcher, 21, was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Thursday evening, Portland Police released surveillance video and images of a man who they say stole Best's wedding ring and backpack after he was attacked.
Friday morning, police announced they arrested George Tschaggeny on charges of theft in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of corpse. Police say he was wearing Rick Best's wedding ring at the time of his arrest. Officers also uncovered Best's backpack, but his wallet and an address book were gone.
The address book contained contact information for Best's friends from the Army.
A Domino's employee called police Friday morning, after recognizing Tschaggeny in the surveillance video. He had come to the fast food restaurant often and had frequented the Hollywood neighborhood.
Police believe he's homeless. He was arrested under the Cesar Chavez underpass near a small homeless camp. Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland Police says Tschaggeny was "aware" of what he did.
Tschaggeny will appear in court Monday.
Sgt. Pete Simpson said there is video evidence that confirms Tschaggeny stole the ring off Best's finger after the attack.
Tschaggeny has three felony arrests in the past two years. He pleaded guilty to auto theft in February 2017. He was arrested but not charged in the other incidents.