SUDDEN JIHAD SYNDROME? Muslim man accused of stabbing two people at a Starbucks was quoted as saying he was “willing to die for Islam”

UnknownWASHINGTON: The man accused of stabbing two people at a Starbucks in Vancouver, WA, may have become violent for religious reasons related to Islam: 

Qur’an: 9:5 “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

Columbian A 55-year-old suspect in the stabbing of two people in a Starbucks coffee shop may have been motivated by religious extremism, according to a probable cause affidavit. Scott C. Fandrich of Ridgefield appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of two counts of first-degree assault.

Scott C. Fandrich appears to be a Muslim (jailhouse?)convert
Scott C. Fandrich appears to be a Muslim (jailhouse?) convert

Judge Barbara Johnson set bail at $500,000. Fandrich is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges March 22. Vancouver attorney Jack “John” Peterson was appointed to defend him.

Fandrich is accused of attacking Jerry Kush, who is either 70 or 71, just before 5 p.m. in the Starbucks drive-thru at 11502 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., in Cascade Park, after the two had a conversation about religion, according to court records. Kush was stabbed at least five times in the neck, abdomen and the side of the chest and had to undergo emergency surgery

The affidavit said: Hamza A. Shariati, 21, told police that he had met Fandrich at about 2 p.m. Monday to discuss religion. During their conversation at one of the cafe’s tables, Kush approached and chatted with Fandrich about cars and religion.

Shariati told police that Fandrich had made statements in the past about “his willingness to die for Islam.” He said he knows that Fandrich “has conflicts with people.”