Portland, Or. – A North Portland man says he no longer rides mass transit after the deadly MAX train stabbings. Zeb Dak says he encountered the accused killer, Jeremy Christian on MAX a year earlier. He says Christian talked about comic books and moving to another country and making money by digitizing comics. Before he got off the train, Zak says Christian looked him in the eye and gave him a comic book.
He says when he learned of the stabbings, “it just hit too close to home.” He says there was something about Christian that “just felt like there was something there, there was something off and he just seemed like the kind of person that if we were to engage him in the wrong way or say the wrong thing about him, it would escalate into a situation. It just felt like that to me.”
He didn’t swear off mass transit overnight. First he got a conceal carry permit and bought a gun to take with him on MAX. The he started using ride sharing services to get around. Then, he got a car.
He says Christian has mental problems and says mental health is a huge problem in the city and the country that needs to be addressed. Dak also says he feels for the families impacted by the stabbings.
Christian is set to go on trial January 28th.