Feb 17 2015
MICHIGANISTAN Police say Muslim man stabbed the two men over religious beliefs at a Southfield bus stop after he asked them: “Are you Muslim?”
MLive Terrence Lavaron Thomas, 39, was arraigned Tuesday on assault with intent to murder, drug possession and weapons charges in the Saturday night bus shelter stabbings in Southfield, Michigan. Thomas’s bail was set at $1 million cash or surety bond.
One of the victims, a male in his 50s, was stabbed five times in the face and neck and three times in the upper back, Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins said. The other victim, also a man in his 50s, was stabbed in the hand when he tried to intervene in the assault.
According to police, Thomas attacked the victims, a 52-year-old man and 51-year-old man from Detroit, after he “made several comments about his religion and asked the victims about their religious beliefs just before the assault occurred.”. The three men did not know one another.
Hawkins said Thomas asked a group of people waiting for a bus whether they were Muslim. When two people responded that they were not, Hawkins said, Thomas allegedly “became upset by that answer, saying he was Muslim and it was not acceptable that they were not.”
Shockingly, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will investigate the incident as a possible hate crime, Hawkins said.