(JTA) — The Portland man who allegedly killed two men on a commuter train after they intervened as he spewed hate speech at two women who looked Muslim is a known local white supremacist, a local newspaper reported.
Jeremy Christian, 35, was arrested early Saturday and charged with two counts of aggravated murder, one of attempted murder, two of intimidation, and one of being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
Christian was harassing two women who looked Muslim, including one wearing a traditional hijab.
The Portland Police Bureau said in a report that the man “was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would be best characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions. At least two of the victims attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down. The suspect attacked the men, stabbing three, before leaving the train.”
Two of those stabbed died from their injuries while one is recovering in hospital.
Christian’s Facebook page included several posts with anti-Semitic messages.
In January he posted: “Trump is the Next Hitler then I am joining his SS to put an end to Monotheist Question. All Zionist Jews, All Christians who do not follow Christ’s teaching of Love, Charity, and Forgiveness And All Jihadi Muslims are going to Madagascar or the Ovens/FEMA Camps!!! Does this make me a fascist!!!”
He also wrote earlier this year: “I just Challenged Ben Ferencz(Last Living Nuremberg Persecutor) to a Debate in the Hague with Putin as our judge. I will defend the Nazis and he will defend the AshkeNAZIs.”
Christian is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. He previously served prison time on robbery and kidnapping convictions, according to reports.