Man seen stealing from slain Portland train victim caught

A heartless Portland man has been accused of stealing a wedding ring and backpack belonging to one of two heroic men killed in a hateful Portland train attack, and was arrested wearing the marriage band on his own finger.

George Tschaggeny, 51, was taken into custody Friday after police determined he was the opportunistic thief seen on surveillance video leaving the MAX train with Ricky Best’s black backpack in his right hand.

The victim and Taliesin Namkai-Meche were allegedly fatally stabbed by Jeremy Joseph Christian, believed to be a white supremacist, after they confronted him for harassing two young black women, one of whom wore a Muslim head covering, last Friday evening.

George Tschaggeny was arrested for allegedly taking the backpack and wedding ring of a Portland train attack victim.

George Tschaggeny was arrested for allegedly taking the backpack and wedding ring of a Portland train attack victim.

(Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

Best, who was a 53-year-old Army vet with more than 20 years of service, died at the scene while the 23-year-old Namkai-Meche died at the hospital.

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Portland cops appealed to the public in an effort to find the items taken from the train hero, which they said are important to his family.

“It’s an added layer of tragedy for this family,” Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said, adding that tips from the community ultimately led to an arrest in the shocking crime.

Officers said that Tschaggeny, who is homeless, was found early Friday morning beneath a highway overpass, and was wearing Best’s ring.

Ricky Best served in Iraq and Afghanistan during his military career.


Though the backpack was recovered, police said that a camouflage wallet with important phone numbers is still missing.

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Tschaggeny was charged with theft, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Beyond Best and Namkai-Meche, Christian is also accused of stabbing Micah Fletcher, who survived the attack. His wound was within millimeters of being fatal, according to court documents.

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