On Saturday, Feb. 14, a Detroit area man stabbed two people at a suburban bus stop after asking the victims whether or not they were Muslims.
The men were waiting at the bus stop near Detroit when the suspect, 39-year-old Terrence Lavaron Thomas began talking with several people and asked if they were Muslims. The two victims answered they were not Muslims.
A Southfield police officer reported that Thomas was not not happy with that answer and without provocation, he pulled out a 3-inch folding knife and attacked the victims. Both are in their early 50’s. One was stabbed five times, the other was stabbed in the hand while he tried to stop the attack. Both men have been released from the hospital with “non-life threatening injuries.
Thomas fled the scene, but the police arrested him shortly after. He was found carrying two knives, including one which appeared to be the one used in the attack. They also reported the suspect was in possession of marijuana.
A Southfield police officer claimed Thomas said that he was a Muslim and was not happy that the victims indicated that they were not Muslims.
Thomas has been charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
He could also face a charge of ethnic intimidation. Prosecutors were still determining whether or not to add it to the charges. Thomas’s bond was set at $1 million. A preliminary examination is scheduled for March 4.
The FBI was contacted to determine whether Thomas will also face federal charges.