Wedding Ring, Backpack Stolen From Portland Stabbing Victim; Suspect Arrested

A passerby walks through a makeshift memorial for the two men killed on a commuter train while trying to stop another man from harassing two young women who appeared to be Muslim in Portland, Oregon, on May 29. Terray Sylvester/Reuters

Updated | Police have arrested a man suspected of stealing a wedding ring and backpack from one of the victims of last week's high-profile stabbing on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train.

Portland police say they arrested 51-year-old George Elwood Tschaggeny early Friday morning. On Thursday, police put out an appeal to find the suspect who stole the items from Ricky Best, 53, as he lay dying. Police said Tschaggeny was wearing Best's wedding ring when he was arrested. Best's backpack was also found, but several items were missing, including his wallet.

Tschaggeny was found under the Cesar E. Chavez overpass, east of the city center, after a Domino's Pizza employee called the police.

A veteran and father of four, Best was one of two men who were stabbed to death while defending two women from a man shouting abusive hate speech on a MAX train. One of the women was wearing a hijab. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, also died in the attack, while Micah Fletcher, 21, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the backpack contains "personal items important to the Best family" but declined to give additional details. In a 17-second surveillance video released by police, the suspect is seen leaving the MAX train carrying what appears to be Best's backpack in his right hand. He is also carrying another backpack, possibly his own.

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The suspect is described by police as a white male with blond hair cut in a mullet and wearing distinctive clothing: a black Jordan-brand baseball cap, a black T-shirt with an image of Marilyn Monroe and an American flag, black shorts and black shoes.

In the wake of the stabbing, Portland is bracing itself for an alt-right rally, which is scheduled to be held in the city on Saturday despite the pleas of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to stay away. The term "alt-right" encompasses those who subscribe to a white-nationalist ideology; the suspect in the attack, Jeremy Joseph Christian, is a "known white supremacist," having posted such material online, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A second alt-right rally planned for June 10 has been moved to Seattle.

Appearing in court on Wednesday, Christian shouted: "Leave this country if you hate our freedom—death to antifa." "Antifa" is an abbreviated term referring to the anti-fascist movement.

This article has been updated with details of the suspect's arrest.