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Court docs: Suspect admits to taking wedding ring from MAX stabbing hero after attack George Tschaggeny (Photo via Multnomah County Jail docs) 2.jpg The man accused of stealing a backpack and wedding ring from MAX train stabbing hero Ricky Best is expected to appear in court on Tuesday. According to court records, George Tschaggeny admitted that Best was deceased when he took the man’s belongings. Tschaggeny was indicted Monday on four charges – identity theft, abuse of a corpse, first-degree theft, and tampering with physical evidence. Best and two other men were stabbed on a MAX train Friday, May 26 when they tried to protect two young women during an anti-Muslim tirade from their accused attacker, Jeremy Christian. Best and 23-year-old Taliesin Namkai-Meche passed away from their injuries, while Micah Fletcher, 21, was hospitalized with a serious neck wound. While reviewing surveillance video from the MAX and Hollywood Transit Center, investigators said they noticed a man “interacting with the body of Ricky Best” before leaving the train with a backpack. Police released part of the surveillance video, and the public helped them identify the suspect as George Tschaggeny. Officers said Tschaggeny had Best’s credit cards and was wearing the deceased man's wedding ring when they arrested him at a homeless camp along I-84. Portland Police recovered the stolen backpack, but some items, including a wallet with phone numbers of some of Best's longtime friends, are still missing.
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