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Two Good Samaritans Fatally Stabbed While Trying To Protect Passengers From Deranged Individual

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:17 am

[guest post by Dana]

In Portland last night, a man killed two individuals and wounded another when they attempted to stop him from harassing two women on a train as he yelled “…hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions”:

Two men were killed in a stabbing on a MAX train Friday when they tried to intervene as another man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, including one wearing a hijab, police said.

A third passenger who tried to help was also stabbed, but is expected to survive, said Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Officers arrested the suspect as he ran from the Hollywood transit station into the neighborhood near Providence Portland Medical Center in Northeast Portland, Simpson said. Police are still working to identify him and the three men stabbed.

The suspect was ranting about many things, using “hate speech or biased language,” and at one point focused on the young women, Simpson said.

The suspect then turned on the passengers who tried to help, Simpson said.

“In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at,” Simpson said. “They were attacked viciously.”

One good Samaritan died at the scene and another at the hospital, he said. The third victim was undergoing evaluation, but didn’t suffer life-threatening wounds, he said.

An eyewitness, Evelin Hernandez, a 38-year-old resident of Clackamas, Oregon told KATU-TV:

“[The suspect] said, ‘Get off the bus, and get out of the country because you don’t pay taxes here,’ [he said he] doesn’t like Muslims, they’re criminals,” Evelin Hernandez said.

Authorities arrested 35 year old Jeremy Joseph Christian and he was booked in the Multnomah County jail on two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder, as well as misdemeanor charges.

According to Oregon Live, Christian’s criminal record, which dates back to 2002, includes felony robbery, kidnapping and weapon convictions.

CNN notes: “Investigators haven’t been able to verify whether Christian was targeting the women with slurs because police haven’t found them.” Police are hoping they will come forward to ask them questions.

Also, the Portland Mercury is reporting that Christian is a known white-supremacist, and known to Portland authorities:

On April 29, Christian showed up to the right-wing “March for Free Speech” on 82nd Avenue in Montavilla with a baseball bat in an attempt to assault left-wing protesters. The bat was quickly confiscated by Portland police officers. He ranted how he was a nihilist. He’d soon yelled racial slurs (“fuck all you n*****s”) and gave the Nazi salute throughout the day. He yelled “Hail Vinland” throughout the day.

A few Portland police officers on April 29 appeared to be familiar with Christian, but not threatened by him. They claimed he had a head injury and was mentally ill.

At the link you can view photos of Christian giving the Nazi salute, and read his anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim Facebook posts, as well as his political comments.

Prayers for the families of the two men who heroically died trying to protect the young women. And a quick recovery for the third individual.


53 Responses to “Two Good Samaritans Fatally Stabbed While Trying To Protect Passengers From Deranged Individual”

  1. Horrible.

    Dana (023079)

  2. Horrible that with his priors he wasn’t in prison. Felony robbery, kidnapping and weapons charges and he’s let loose on the public. Heck of a job legal system!

    harkin (9fca6c)

  3. Sounds like this guy should not have been loose on the streets. Terrible.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. looks like he made vigorous use of facebook for to share his views


    such a gift to america

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  5. As is Sh#tter and World Star Hip Hop.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  6. yes yes sh#tter too in particular

    this sleazy social media crap isn’t good for the mental health of normal people

    much less for imbalanced nutjobs

    and zuckertwat wants to be president?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. even for a nutjob it seems kinda weird to yell “get off the bus” to someone when you’re on a train

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  8. A few Portland police officers on April 29 appeared to be familiar with Christian, but not threatened by him. They claimed he had a head injury and was mentally ill.

    For the life of me I have no idea why we pretend that someone who is obviously mentally ill isn’t in fact a time-bomb that could go off at any time, especially when the person is young and capable of inflicting harm. There are so many wild-eyed young nut-jobs wandering our streets these days that how can we affect to be surprised when one of them wrecks this sort of havoc?

    JVW (42615e)

  9. we don’t have any institutions in failmerica we can trust with the power and responsibility of deciding who can and can’t be free to wander our streets

    certainly not the Portland police good gravy

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  10. 8,9. It pains me to see so many public high schools in Chicago operating at 1/4 capacity (often times to accomodate gang boundaries) and not have some commandeered as auxiliary jails or mental institutions.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  11. well the other part is a lot of people willfully ignore the Secretary of Homeland Security and what do they do?

    they leave their house!

    it’s a roll of the dice when you do that in this country

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  12. Keep Portland weird, I guess. Very sad.

    Pious Agnostic (e9063c)

  13. “There are so many wild-eyed young nut-jobs wandering our streets these days that how can we affect to be surprised when one of them wrecks this sort of havoc?”

    As anyone who has visited downtown Portland in the last decade can tell you, he certainly chose one of the best urban areas in which to blend in.

    harkin (9fca6c)

  14. R.I.P. Gregg Allman

    Born a rambling man…

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  15. Greetings:

    Me, I’m thinking will this be turned into the Islamophobia CAIR has been searching for ???

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  16. Its difficult.

    I keep what I call my chainsawing kit in my tool box, what you can use when you hack your leg off.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  17. are all of cher’s ex-husbands dead now

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  18. wikipedia says yes

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  19. Gregg Allman – besides his other musical talents one of the greatest blues singers of all time.

    harkin (9fca6c)

  20. You are certainly to need aid right f***ing now!

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  21. Haiku,

    But the streets are where we house the mentally ill, not institutions. This is a feature of our system, not a bug, as you seem to be suggesting.

    You know, we are all – or, at least most of us – just one paycheck away from being Jeremy Joseph Christian.

    By the way, Dana, I think prayers for the psycho perp and his family are also in order.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  22. It pains me to see so many public high schools in Chicago operating at 1/4 capacity (often times to accomodate gang boundaries) and not have some commandeered as auxiliary jails or mental institutions.

    You’re kidding, right? The schools in Chicago are auxiliary jails and mental institutions. Have been for decades.

    Rev.Hoagie® (630eca)

  23. Prison is there for a reason. This guy should’ve never been released.

    NJRob (d16a49)

  24. With all do respect, the CPS carved out a good 9 or 10 HSs that rank alongside the North Shore and upper scale DuPage (our Mainline and Bucks). I’m speaking more to the fact we chose mainstreaming for the mentally ill (that rare case when liberal ideas and fis-con budget hawking converge) and the fact that Cook County Jail was overcrowded and needed more space. The bad solution, accelerated by our new Cook Co. States Atty Kim Foxx (she being on the ballot kept the young black voters interested and thus probably kept IL from being part of the Big 10 Red wave) is to not prosecute several lower classes of violations. On that I’ll agree, I would just rather formalize it, if you will.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  25. Ya can’t keep somebody in prison for life NJRob, if they haven’t committed and been found guilty of a life sentence crime. They can legally have him committed though and control him with rugs.

    Rev.Hoagie® (630eca)

  26. Man, my house is crawling with people. I’m in my den watching TV and reading the net but I have a full house here. June has all the Korean church ladies and gents over to celebrate Ramadan. Sorry, I mean Memorial Day. I have to go be “social”.

    Rev.Hoagie® (630eca)

  27. Sweet jaysus… take a nap and wake up to read that Greg Allman died. A true talent. Godspeed.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  28. What say you, Rev. Hoagie?

    You are clearly a life taker and a love maker.

    I mostly kill rabbits and ducks for dinner. Sometimes deer, sometimes hogs. My biggest kill was a crop killing elephant in Zimbabwe.

    If I seem a bit needy, I just put my dog down and feel like crap. My family tells me made the right decision.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  29. The only guy who could pass out face forward in a plate of pasta at lunch and nail a performance later same day…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  30. RIP Jim Bunning, a great pitcher who dabbled in politics later in a long full life.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  31. Wouldn’t it have been better for everyone on the train if at least one of them had a firearm and was willing to use it?

    Denver (16d6df)

  32. i’m sorry about your pup

    you for sure did the right thing

    you gave that fuzzle a good life

    and laid that pup to rest in spring

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  33. I never hunted animals Steve57. Most of my friends were hunters some with guns some with bow & arrow but I never got into it. I love to shoot and have a large and well rounded assortment of pistols, rifles and shotguns. I never turn down game birds or venison when it’s offered but these days the offers are slim.

    I now live in Jenkintown, a suburb of Philly. I always say “Willow Grove” cause I lived there so long and still own my last house there but rent it out. But there ain’t no shootin’ around here. We have all sorts of wildlife and plenty of deer but ya gotta kill’em with yer car.

    The wife is really putting on a shindig out there. She has three chefs at stations around the pool making Korean, Japanese sushi/sashimi and some Vietnamese food. A bartender at the portable bar next to the Jacuzzi. Three hot little Korean servers running around waiting on everybody. I have to go and schmooze with the minister by decree of my wife. I didn’t realize there are so many Korean/American couples at the church. Especially so young.

    I’ll be back. You guys have a good holiday weekend. It’s gonna be a long one.

    Rev.Hoagie® (630eca)

  34. I think I’m going find out on judgement day. that’s a little rich.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  35. @35 Steve57

    By chainsaw kit I thought maybe you meant files and such-which could serve as improvised weapons.

    You must mean first aid.

    Pinandpuller (969159)

  36. and once aqain deductive reasoning graces our little thread like a salmon returning to spawn

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  37. R.I.P. Jim Bunning

    Safe at home. A long life is the perfect game…

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  38. @36, I meant whipsawededed bloody raw. I meant crushed by the grape deader than dead.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  39. I meant I’m gong to have clean you off of the smoke stack for six months deader than the dead.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  40. Tu paris?

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  41. So, Christian is a known [class] diversitist. That’s fairly common in Portland.

    It sounds like he was hallucinating. Perhaps smoking a psychoactive substance.

    n.n (4b95d8)

  42. I was just kidding. If you explode and splatter on the smokestack we don’t wait for six months to clean you off.

    Bad for morale.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  43. I think the fact that these two people died because Portland public safety can’t do the one job it’s supposed to.

    narciso (d1f714)

  44. @40 Steve57

    Well speaking of, if you and me take the train in Portland I will bring a two man handsaw and we can stack the crazies like cordwood. Or maybe my CCW would be easier.

    Have you seen Midnight Meat Train?

    Pinandpuller (d02c4b)

  45. Never seen it

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  46. Today I learned that Jeremy Joseph Christian was a staunch Bernie Sander and Jill Stein supporter. I guess there is a new kind of Nazi afoot in the world – living in the Bay Area, maybe I already knew that.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  47. One (very small) bright side to this story. The two guys who were killed coming to the defense of two black women ( only one was Muslim, hearing hijab) were both white. If either one had been black, downtown Portland would have been destroyed in the resulting opportunistic “protest march” against white supremacists, even though the guy qualifies more as seriously mentally ill.

    bud (b32f46)

  48. Strikes me that if you see somebody being a butthead in this wild-azz fashion, you should presume he’ll be armed and interested in killing you if you interfere.
    So be prepared. If you don’t have a firearm, get hold of something. I mean, a thin magazine, as Newsweek is now, rolled very tightly, has immense resistance to being compressed along its long axis. So if you do a seriously powerful fencing lunge with it, you can do a lot of damage. Just an example. Somebody’s purse. Jacket? Pocket knife? Something.
    But don’t expect to have a conversation. Don’t expect to appeal to his morality or logic. I mean…trying to convince him of…what?
    He’s going to try to kill you.

    Richard Aubrey (a09608)

  49. the extent to which mobile devices have displaced magazines on trains can’t be overstated really

    you still see books, but i’d guess that’s in no small part cause people like to be seen with books

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  50. Why not carry a thick tome, but with a minimal number of pages and a small caliber pistol inside?

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  51. @49 Richard Aubrey

    I have a decently weighted steel travel mug I often carry. Sometimes it’s filled with hot coffee.

    The first improvisational weapon I think of, though, is my belt.

    Pinandpuller (986b5e)

  52. Well, Spicoli would approve of that weapon, Pin, he saw it used successfully up close.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

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