Man arrested in theft of Portland train victim’s ring


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A homeless man took the wedding ring off the finger of a man who died in last week’s knife attack aboard a Portland train, city police said Friday.

George Tschaggeny was wearing Ricky Best’s ring when officers arrested him Friday morning beneath an overpass, Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

The 51-year-old man will be arraigned Monday on charges of theft, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. He does not yet have a lawyer.

“It’s just unconscionable to do what he did,” Simpson said.

Best, 53, was one of three men who were stabbed May 26 after confronting a passenger who went into a racist rant. Best died on the train and another victim died at a hospital.

Amid the horror and chaos, Simpson said, Tschaggeny removed the ring from Best’s finger and stole his backpack. He said surveillance video supports the charges.

Officers recovered the backpack, but a…



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