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Suspect in Portland sting was in 2 separate incidents before attack, police say

A man suspected of stabbing two people to death and wounded another at an Oregon station Friday, was involved in two separate train-station incidents, one day before his alleged attack, police said.

A Portland police spokesman told KGW-TV on Sunday, Jeremy Joseph Christian threw a bottle of Gatorade at a black woman Thursday night in the Interstate Rose Quarter Station. The woman then sprayed mace on the Christian.

Another woman told KOIN 6 they included Christian ranting about Muslims and Christians on a train at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The woman, who asked to be identified as KK, said he was visibly upset.

“He was pretty upset, squinting his eyes, venting to his friend on the phone about a girl that just pepper-sprayed him,” said the woman. “He was complaining about the city, complain about Muslims, Christians, and it is just very, very violent, very fast.”

The woman added that the passengers were scared, and Christian was talking about “want to get stuck with someone.” The police confirmed that the station that the man seen ranting in the video was a Christian.

Christian was in custody on suspicion of two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of harassment and one count of a felon in possession of a weapon in the stabbing death of Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23.

The police said that the men were two women, a Christian, was hurling racist insults at them. One of the young women was black and the other was wearing a hijab, witnesses said.

Court records Christian served prison time for first-degree theft and second-degree kidnapping after a crime committed 15 years ago and robbery and weapons charges were dismissed in 2010.

The Portland Mercury, an alternative weekly newspapers, an article posted on the website, says Christian came at a free speech march, at the end of April, with a baseball bat to confront the protesters and the bat was confiscated by the police.

The article included video clips of a man with a metal chain around his neck, and draped in an American flag shouting “I am a nihilist! This is my safe place!” as protesters crowd around him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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