Man charged with stabbing Black teens on MAX train rejected from jail 3 times prior

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Adrian Cummins was supposed to be in jail when he uttered a racist slur and then stabbed two Black teenagers on a Portland light rail train on Sept. 2, Multnomah County prosecutors alleged in court records.In fact, police officers arrested and took Cummins to the Multnomah County Detention Center at least three times on different charges in the weeks leading up to the stabbings. Each time, the county’s Correctional Health Division prevented the jail from booking Cummins, 25, into the facility, citing unspecified medical conditions. THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR: Cummins, who is white, was indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury last Friday on charges that include attempted murder, assault, robbery and bias, Oregon’s statute for hate crimes. Portland police respond to reports of a stabbing on a TriMet MAX Light Rail train Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, in Southeast Portland, Ore. Photo courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau Cummins’ alleged criminal behavior before the stabbing, as well as his not being jailed, carries echoes of the 2017 stabbing on a crowded Portland MAX train that left two men dead and a third severely injured — a crime that shook the city and drew international headlines. In that case Jeremy Christian...