Incident Summary:

05/26/2017: An assailant armed with a knife shouted racial and religious slurs at two passengers on a MAX light rail train in Portland, Oregon, United States. The assailant then stabbed three passengers who attempted to intervene. Rick John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche were killed and Micah David-Cole Fletcher was injured in the attack. Jeremy Joseph Christian, an anti-Muslim extremist, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that "Muslims should die" during the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Lloyd Center.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Muslim Civilian
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Rick John Best, Micah David-Cole Fletcher
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Muslim extremists (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Portland train stabbing suspect has another outburst in court,", June 7, 2017.
"Accused Portland stabber reveals himself -- in his own words,", June 7, 2017.
"MAX attack suspect back in court for scheduling of bail hearing," The Oregonian, July 18, 2017.