He Died a Hero in Portland, Then Someone Stole His Ring

Police release video, pics of man they think stole Rick Best's ring, backpack
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2017 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rick Best was a dad, Army vet, and employee of the city of Portland, Ore., who had his life snatched away last Friday on a MAX train there after he stepped in to defend two Muslim teens. But that wasn't all that was taken from the 53-year-old, police say: During the chaos, someone also lifted Best's backpack and wedding ring, and cops are asking for the public's help in finding who did it, the Oregonian reports. Portland police have issued surveillance imagery and a 17-second YouTube clip that briefly shows a man they've pegged as a suspect, who emerges from the train onto the station platform where people are milling about after the attack last Friday.

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The suspect—who's described in a police department press release as sporting a blond mullet and dressed in all black, including a Jordan-branded baseball cap and a distinctive T-shirt with a pic of Marilyn Monroe and the American flag—can be seen in the video holding two backpacks, one of which cops believe is Best's and which they say contains "personal items important to the Best family." They're staying mum on whether Best's wedding ring was taken off of his finger directly, saying they're not speaking on details until an arrest is made. Those with possible info are asked to email Detective Mitch Hergert at mitchell.hergert@portlandoregon.gov; the suspect himself is asked to call a non-emergency police number (503-823-3333, in case he's reading) or simply show up at the police station, where cops will "accept his surrender." (Read more Portland, Oregon stories.)

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