Man arrested in theft of Portland train victim's ring

03 June 2017, 02:00 | Noah Barnes

Wedding ring backpack stolen from victim of Portland double-homicide

Wedding ring backpack stolen from victim of Portland double-homicide

On Friday, June 2, Portland police announced that the suspect in the theft of property from deceased Portland stabbing victim Ricky Best has been apprehended.

Tips poured in Thursday night after police released surveillance images and video of the suspect.

Rachael Mallory, the general manager of the Domino's Pizza at Northeast 36th and Sandy, alerted Portland police to a homeless camp where the 51-year-old alleged thief was living.

The Washington Post reports that Ricky Best, an Army veteran stabbed to death after he helped defend teenage girls against a white supremacist shouting racial slurs at them, was also a victim of theft. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, also died in the attack, while Micah Fletcher, 21, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A third man was injured and subsequently released from the hospital.

"They've suffered an enormous loss and this is just one more layer of tragedy to their already terrible experience", Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

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After Best was stabbed, police believe he was approached by George Tschaggeny.

George Tschaggeny was wearing Ricky Best's ring when officers arrested him Friday morning beneath an overpass, Sgt.

Authorities said Tschaggeny stole Best's belongings as commuters fled the train.

He was described as a white man with a blonde mullet wearing a black Jordan cap, a black T-shirt with an image of Marilyn Monroe and an American flag, black shorts and black shoes. Once arrested, Christian made shocking statements when he was put in the back of a police auto equipped with audio and video recording devices, according to an affidavit released Tuesday. I understand that is no measure against their grief.

The suspect in the stabbing attack has been charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, possession of a restricted weapon, and second-degree intimidation.



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