Thief Steals Wedding Ring Off Hand Of Murdered Hero After Portland Light-Rail Stabbing

Portland, OR - An arrest has been made in the theft of the wedding ring and backpack from Ricky Best, one of the victims who was stabbed to death while defending a woman and her friend from Jeremy Christian on May 26.

According to NBC News, Portland police had released surveillance videos of a man

Portland, OR - An arrest has been made in the theft of the wedding ring and backpack from Ricky Best, one of the victims who was stabbed to death while defending a woman and her friend from Jeremy Christian on May 26.

According to NBC News, Portland police had released surveillance videos of a man with long hair and a baseball cap, later identified as George Tschaggeny, fleeing the scene after the murders.

Numerous tips were received about a man matching the description who frequented an area near the I-84 highway.

Those tips led police to Tschaggeny, when an observant Domino's employee called police and told them that she had seen a suspect matching the description in the area earlier. She also said that she believed he was staying near the Cesar E. Chavez overpass, according to the police department's arrest report.

Police went to the area and located the suspect, Tschaggeny, under the bridge on Friday morning, and he was taken into custody.

Tschaggeny was wearing Ricky Best's wedding ring, and the victim's backpack was found nearby. Best's camouflage wallet and several personal items have not been recovered. The preliminary investigation indicate that Tschaggeny removed Best's wedding ring "after the attack."

Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, were stabbed to death by Jeremy Christian in the May 26 attack, and a third victim, 21-year-old Micah Fletcher, was stabbed in the neck but survived.

All three victims had tried to stop Christian from yelling anti-Muslim slurs and other offensive comments at two women on a MAX train. One of the women was wearing a hajib, a Muslim scarf.

In a social media post the Portland Police Department said, "Suspect in theft of property from Ricky Best has been apprehended Great job Portland!"

Tschaggeny has been charged with theft in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse in the second degree. He was booked into the Multonomah County Jail, and his arraignment is scheduled for Monday, June 5.

Ricky Best was an Army veteran and a father of four. His family would like the personal items that he had in the wallet and backpack returned. These include the phone numbers of all of his closest friends.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Best's wallet and phone list is urged to contact Detective Michele Michaels at 503-823-0692, michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov.

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