Woman: Oregon train stabbings could have been prevented

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police could have prevented the fatal stabbing of two men who came to the aid of teenage girls being harassed on Portland light-rail train if they had taken an earlier complaint against a white supremacist more seriously, a woman said Friday.

Demetria Hester, who is black, told reporters Jeremy Christian threw a bottle full of liquid at her on May 25, the night before the fatal stabbings, after she complained about his racist words during a ride they shared. Hester sprayed Christian with mace, and she said transit police let him get away after he rinsed his face with water from a fountain.

“My heart just dropped,” Hester said of her reaction when learning her attacker was arrested in the fatal stabbings. “I can’t describe the feeling — disappointment, frustration, irritation…I told the police what he was going to do if they did not catch…

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