PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a stabbing attack on a Portland, Oregon, light rail train that left two men dead. Authorities say the suspect directed an anti-Muslim rant at two women. (all times local):
Prosecutors say the man charged with stabbing three men aboard a Portland light-rail train confessed to the crimes while in the back seat of a patrol car after his arrest.
Court documents released Tuesday say Jeremy Joseph Christian was captured on video and audio surveillance saying he had stabbed three people in the neck.
The probable cause affidavit written by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Lufkin says Christian also calls himself a “patriot” and says, “That’s what liberalism gets you” as he discusses the killings.
Christian made a first court appearance on aggravated murder and other charges Tuesday, but he did not enter a plea.
His court-appointed attorney, Gregory Scholl, did not immediately return a call.
Police and prosecutors say he stabbed the three men, killing two of them, after they tried to stop him from shouting anti-Muslim and racist slurs at two young women. One of the women was wearing a Muslim head covering and both were black.
Commotion erupted outside the courtroom as the man charged with stabbing three men aboard a Portland light-rail train was arraigned.
Just as Jeremy Christian concluded his brief appearance, yelling and screaming could be heard from the hallway as supporters of the victims confronted a supporter of the defendant.
Deputies escorted the man from the scene, prompting the group to lash out at law enforcement for protecting him.
Those involved in the confrontation could not get into the courtroom because all the seats were taken.
Courtroom security barred spectators from leaving the arraignment until the disruption simmered down.
The lone man to survive a stabbing attack on a Portland, Oregon, light rail train says he’s having a difficult time processing what happened.