'You got no safe place': Portland stabbing suspect rants in court


You got no safe place. Free speech or die, Portland, he said.

"Death to Antifa!" he yelled in court Tuesday, referring to antifascism.

Standing behind glass partitions in the defendant's area, he continued: "Death to the enemies of America. Get out if you don't like free speech", Christian said while he was being arraigned on murder charges before Judge Paul G. Crowley at the Multnomah Justice Center in Portland Paul G. Crowley at the Multnomah Justice Center in Portland. "You hear me? Die", he shouted in the courtroom, flanked by two deputies. "Like, I don't know what to do after that, you know".

According to court documents, Christian is facing two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder, one count of first degree assault, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of intimidation.

Watching from the front row was another victim, Micah Fletcher, who helped defend the girls on the train but survived the attack.

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Christian made a first court appearance on aggravated murder and other charges Tuesday, but he did not enter a plea.

Destinee Mangum, 16, told CNN affiliate KPTV that she and her friend, who was wearing a hijab, were on the MAX light-rail train Friday when Christian confronted them with several hateful remarks.

Christian allegedly targeted the teens, one of whom wore a hijab, with racial and religious insults.

Police are examining Christian's background, "including the information publicly available about the suspect's extremist ideology", they said in a news release. Michaels says the girls told her they had felt threatened.

In court documents, prosecutors say Christian confessed while in the back seat of a patrol auto after his arrest.

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"The Muslim community, especially in Portland, needs to understand that there are a lot of us that are not going to stand by and let anybody - whether they are from here or not - scare you into thinking you can't be a part of this town, this city, this community, or this country", Fletcher said. Micah Fletcher, who was nearby, got up and stood next to Namkai-Meche. Court documents say Christian shoved Fletcher in the chest and appeared to pull a folding knife from his pocket and hide it in his hand. "He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia, and he told us we shouldn't be here, to get out of his country".

Christian slashes Fletcher-Cole in the neck; he then stabs Meche in the neck, then wounded him a second time, according to the affidavit.

Christian then pushes Best into Meche, who was trying to staunch the bleeding while in a seat.

The homicide detective investigating the attack said in court documents that surveillance and cellphone video showed Christian cutting the three victims with a knife. Before leaving the train, Christian stabbed Namkai-Meche and Best again.

Christian fled after the incident, however, he was captured and arrested by the police soon after. In December, prosecutors charged a man with a hate crime after police said he chased down and killed a black teenager with his auto in the suburb of Gresham. "I can rest easy". "When I did pull my headphone off my ear, what I heard the attacker say was "I pay taxes this is my train" and he was making reference to colored people ruining the city and he had first amendment rights", Macy said. "I'm a patriot and I hope everyone I stabbed died".

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Christian, who is a self-proclaimed white nationalist, has a long history of confrontations with police. He has three prior felonies. He is reportedly homeless and has no job, but it's unclear if he has any mental issues.