Two people were stabbed to death and a third person was injured in a light rail train in Portland, Ore. Friday after they tried to confront a man who was shouting, boasting two Muslim women, police said.
Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told OregonLive the suspect was arrested when he tried to flee through a center of the neighborhood.
There was no immediate information about the suspect’s identity or that of his alleged victims. Simpson said the wounded victim was expected to survive.
Emergency services were called to the Green Line Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) train at about 4:30 pm
Witness Evelin Hernandez told OregonLive that the defendant directing racist comments at the women, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Hernandez said that a group of men had tried to confront the suspect when he stabbed them.
Simpson confirmed that the suspect with the help of “incitement to hatred and biased language,” but did not elaborate. He said that the victims “were attacked viciously.”