A 35-year-old suspect identified as Jeremy Joseph Christian of Portland has been arrested after he stabbed two men to death who tried to stop him from harassing two young women who appeared to be Muslims.
The stabbing incident happened aboard a Portland, Oregon, commuter train and the assailant (a convicted felon), was arrested soon after the attack, according to police sources.
A senior researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center, in a blog post, said Christian’s Facebook page showed he held “some racist and other extremist beliefs.”
The attack unfolded hours before the start of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month, when most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims observe a daily religious fast.
“It’s too early to say whether last night’s violence was an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime,” Loren Cannon, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Oregon told a news conference on Saturday, adding the bureau had joined the investigation.
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