Two men died and another was injured Friday on a light-rail train when they tried to intervene as a man yelled “hate speech or biased language” toward two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, police said.

Jeremy Joseph Christian.

Portland Police

Two men were stabbed to death Friday on a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon, after they tried to intervene as a man yelled hate speech at two women who appeared to be Muslim, police said.

A third passenger who tried to intervene was also stabbed but is expected to survive.

The male suspect, who ran off the train, was arrested a short time later on foot near Providence Hospital, police said in a statement.

He was later named by police as Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, of North Portland.

Christian was booked into Multnomah County Jail on two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation, and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

He is being held without bail and will be arraigned Monday in Multnomah County Court, where he "may face additional charges after the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office presents the case to a grand jury," police said.

Doug Brown / Portland Mercury / Via portlandmercury.com

Christian was a known white supremacist who had previously shown up to extreme-right marches and performed Nazi salutes.

He frequently posted on Facebook, often expressing violently Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, and white supremacist views.


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