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
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
"MAX attack suspect back in court for scheduling of bail hearing," The Oregonian, July 18, 2017."
"Portland train stabbing suspect has another outburst in court,", June 7, 2017."
"Accused Portland stabber reveals himself -- in his own words,", June 7, 2017."