The man accused of stabbing to death two men who defended a 16-year-old and her Muslim friend as they traveled on a Portland, Oregon, train is scheduled to face a judge Tuesday afternoon.
Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, will be arraigned on several charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, police say.
A Multnomah County grand jury will convene in the coming days to consider additional charges.
The aggravated murder charges carry a maximum penalty of death. Oregon has not executed a prisoner in more than two decades.
‘We should just kill ourselves’
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.
“He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia and he told us we shouldn’t be here, to get out of his country,” Mangum told KPTV. “He was just telling us that we basically weren’t anything and that we should just kill ourselves.”
Destinee and her friend moved to the back of the train. A stranger intervened, telling Christian he couldn’t disrespect the girls in such a way, she said. Christian began arguing with several men.
“Me and my friend were going to get off the MAX and then we turned around while they were fighting and he just started stabbing people,” she told KPTV. “It was just blood everywhere and we just started running for our lives.”
Several passengers chased after the suspect and called 911, directing officers to his whereabouts, according to local media.
In all, Christian stabbed three men. Only Micah Fletch, 32, survived. Destinee, her mother and Portland mayor Ted Wheeler have hailed the men as heroes.
Another incident the day before?
Video obtained by CNN affiliate KOIN shows that Christian was involved in similar behavior on a MAX train only one day before he was accused of…