MAX stabbing survivor, suspect had previous encounter
PORTLAND, Ore. —
The suspect in the deadly MAX stabbings last spring and the man who survived the attack encountered each other about a month earlier.
The encounter between suspect Jeremy Christian and Micah Fletcher was captured on KATU video.
“My freedom of movement is now abridged because the police are here,” Christian says in the video during a controversial march along 82nd Avenue in April.
Just feet away Fletcher can be seen juggling, dressed in a clown nose and wearing a jester hat.
As far as that day in May on the MAX train, Fletcher said he did not recognize Christian as the man from the march. And if he had, he might have handled things differently.
Two other men, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, were also stabbed on the train that day but didn't survive their injuries.
Christian was arrested and charged in the attack.
Editor's note: We have removed an erroneous quote from Fletcher that initially appeared in this article. It was unrelated to his first encounter with Christian.