PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of stabbing 3 people on a MAX train Friday, told officials he is a transient and doesn’t know the last time he had a permanent address.
Christian, 35, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on charges related to the fatal stabbing of 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and 53-year-old Ricky Best. Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, survived the stabbing and was in court for the arraignment.
The suspect reportedly confessed to the stabbing after being taken into custody. He was then placed in an isolation cell in Multnomah County Detention Center.
While being interviewed by court staff, jail records show Christian yelled, “If you don’t like free speech get the f*** out of my country.”
Christian didn’t report having any history of mental illness, according to court records, but when asked if he had any mental health concerns, he reportedly responded by saying, “he was concerned about free speech in Portland.”
When police contacted his family after his arrest following a robbery in 2002, Christian’s mother reportedly said her son was addicted to marijuana and “possibly [had] mental health problems.” Records show court staff said he “possibly needs help for depression.”
The 3-time convicted felon told officials he uses alcohol weekly. He said he was treated for marijuana use in 2012 as part of his federal supervision program.
Christian also told court staff he received his GED and attended some community college courses in Portland. Further details about his education weren’t released.
Officials reportedly confirmed Christian doesn’t have a job, records show.
KOIN 6 News learned Christian is a convicted felon in the State of Oregon.
In 2002, he was accused of first-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping, coercion, carrying or using a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, the incident happened on May 12, 2002 at Ed’s Market on N Lombard Street. Christian, who was reportedly wearing all black and a stocking mask, carried a .38 caliber handgun when he walked into the store.
He allegedly stole cash, cigarettes and other items, documents show.
When police arrived, they found the store owner handcuffed to a metal bar. He told police Christian said, “I’ll shoot you 5 times,” before fleeing the scene.
A chase ensued and Christian allegedly pointed his gun at the officer who was chasing him. The officer reportedly shot Christian in the face. Christian later said he was intending to shoot himself.
When he was taken into custody, Christian said he robbed the store “because the guy there doesn’t sell any winning lottery tickets,” according to court documents.
The case never went to trial because Christian took a plea deal. He was convicted of the robbery and kidnapping charges on November 4, 2002. He was sentenced to 90 months in prison on the robbery charge and 70 months for the kidnapping charge.