Man Accused In Portland Train Attack Tells Cops: "I'm Happy Now"

Christian shouted during his arraignment, "Death to the enemies of America!" and "You call it terrorism. I call it patriotism.''

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The man accused of stabbing multiple people on a Portland MAX train has been arraigned. 35-year-old Jeremy Christian was arrested for killing two people and injuring a third. According to Oregon Live, Christian admitted to his crimes, allegedly telling police, "I stabbed the two motherf*ckers in the neck and I'm happy now. I'm happy now."

"Get stabbed in the neck if you hate free speech ... I can die in prison a happy man," the suspect told police while in custody following the crime. 

On Friday night, Christian reportedly harassed riders of the Portland train by shouting insults at two Muslim women and acting erratically. When 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche tried to defuse the situation, Christian allegedly began stabbing people.  Namkai Meche and Rick Best, a 53-year-old Army veteran, were killed in the incident. A 21-year-old man survived his injuries.

Christian has been charged of nine crimes: two counts of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, first-degree assault, two counts of intimidation, and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

"Get out if you don't like free speech!'' Christian shouted during his arraignment. "Death to the enemies of America!" and "You call it terrorism. I call it patriotism.''


[Photo: Dept of Corrections]













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