PORTLAND, Ore. — Joseph Christian, the man who killed two people who tried to save two teenaged girls on a MAX train in Portland was defiant in the court as well. He had also stabbed a third person, a young poet who was nearly killed.
Joseph Christian was harassing two girls, including one wearing a Muslim headscarf, hijab when a few people came forward to defend the girls and save them. While the girls were saved, the three people had to pay a heavy price. Two of them had their heads severed, while the third sustained severe injuries.
Two of the people who stood up against the bigotry and hate of Joseph Christ were very young, one 23 year old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, while the other 21-year old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, a budding poet. The third one was Ricky John Best, an army veteran, a husband and a father. While Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Ricky John Best lost their lives, Micah David-Cole Fletcher suffered serious injuries and had to undergo multiple neck surgeries.
The man who is accused of killing the two and badly injuring the third made repeated verbal outbursts Tuesday as he appeared in court to face charges. A CBSNews report says that defiant Jeremy Joseph Christian made his first appearance Tuesday before Judge Paul G. Crowley at the Multnomah Justice Center.
While entering the courtroom a known white supremacist, Christian said “Death to the enemies of America. Leave this country if you hate our freedom.”
If that was not enough, a felon before the Portland stabbing incident went on to add, “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism,” Christian said. “You hear me? Die.”
Authorities claim that the 35-year old man is seen on surveillance video yelling racial and anti-Muslims slurs at the two young women and attacking the men.
21-year old man who was present in the courtroom told investigators that Christian “threatened to decapitate people.” Police said they’ll examine what appears to be Christian’s extremist ideology, including social media posts indicating an affinity for Nazis and political violence.
The CBSNews report adds that the man is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and one count of attempted aggravated murder. Reports suggest that the first man who intervened was not actually attacked. But the documents don’t name the fourth person.
“In the probable cause affidavit, prosecutors said video feeds in the back of a patrol car captured Christian saying after his arrest that he had stabbed three people in the neck. His court-appointed attorney, Gregory Scholl, did not immediately return a call for comment” the CBS report said.