Detroit Police: Man Stabs Two at Bus Stop for Not Being Muslim

ThomasDETROIT — A Detroit-area man is behind bars after he allegedly stabbed two people waiting at the bus stop because they answered no when he asked if they were Muslim.

According to police, Terrance Thomas, 39, joined others who were waiting at a bus stop near Detroit on Saturday as they were making small talk among themselves. He then “asked some of the folks there if they were Muslims,” according to Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins.

Two replied to his question, stating that they were not. Hawkins states that there was then “some back-and-forth between the victims and the suspect,” who pulled out a knife moments later.

One man, whose name has not yet been released, was stabbed five times: once in the face, once in the neck and three times in the back. Another who witnessed the attack attempted to stop Thomas was stabbed in the hand.

Thomas then fled the scene of the attack, but was apprehended by police minutes later. He was found to be carrying two knives with three-inch blades, as well as some marijuana.

The suspect 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. The FBI is also looking into the matter to determine whether or not to press hate crime charges.

“[W]e do know that he was not happy that [the victims] indicated that they were not Muslims,” Hawkins told the Washington Post.

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Thomas’ bail has been set at 1 million dollars, and is set to appear in court on March 4.

The victims in the incident have been released from local Providence Hospital and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

As previously reported, an Oklahoma man who had recently converted to Islam was shot and killed last fall after he beheaded his former co-worker and stabbed another.

A spokesman for the Moore, Oklahoma Police Department told reporters that Alton Nolen, 30, “recently started trying to convert some of his co-workers to the Muslim religion” when he was fired from his job at Vaughan Foods. He later drove to his former place of employment and entered the front office, where he encountered Colleen Huffort, 54, and began attacking her with a knife.

“He did kill Colleen and did sever her head,” police spokesperson Jeremy Lewis stated.

Nolen then began attacking co-worker Traci Johnson, 43, who caught the attention of others in the building with her screaming. One of those who heard Johnson’s cries for help was Chief Operating Officer Mark Vaughn, who also serves as an Oklahoma County reserve deputy. Being armed at the time, he shot Nolen dead, saving Johnson’s life.

The attacker’s Facebook page was stated to contain “provocative” content that is Islamic in nature and critical of the United States. Nolen also had a number of tattoos on his body, including one featuring the Arabic greeting “as-salaamu ataikum,” meaning “peace be upon you.”


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  • Weary Warrior

    The White House will blame what? Marijuana? Can’t do that given the POTUS’ like for the stuff! We can’t blame Islamic terrorism because Islam is “peaceful.” Bet the victims here don’t see it as peaceful.

    • Paul Hiett

      Actually, if this guy had been smoking cannabis, he probably wouldn’t have done it.

  • Jack the Baptizer

    What this man has done is totally against the quran.

    Verse 8:12 clearly instructs Muslims to smite heads and fingertips. Stabbing is not included. If he was a true believer, he’d go for the head and the fingers.

    • Jan van Niekerk

      I’m not so sure about that – muslims are free to make it up as they go – for those bloodthirsty days, they claim the bloodthirsty verses abrogated the more concilliatory ones. The wildly inconsistent behaviour of Mohammed during his political ascent and moral decline provides justification for almost any behaviour – even for failing to murder people at bus stops.

      • Jack the Baptizer

        Doubt society at large will ever admit the inherent danger of a book that by exegetical analysis alone yields calls to murder, and is only interpreted more mildly by heavy commentary!

        • Ed Rexroad

          What’s it say about dumping gas and lighting people on fire, like isis is doing?

  • bowie1

    The man looks a little out of it…maybe he is mentally disturbed.

  • jcrosby35

    There is no such thing as a peace full muslim. Under sharia law a muslim is either a fighting radical or supporting a fighting radical.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      What about Muslims who just ignore the parts of the Quran they don’t like?

      • jcrosby35

        And how many living muslims do you know who ignore the parts of the quran they do not like?
        How long do you think they will last?
        Their own fellow muslims will kill them off.
        Muslims are like dogs and do not even respect each other.
        There is no such thing as a moderate muslim. They are either killing someone they do not agree with or supporting the killing. All are under sharia law and subject to it.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          All of the Muslims I know in fact. I has a Muslim friend in college whom I saw eating during Ramadan. I asked her why and she shrugged and said “I’m hungry.”

          I knew another one who frequently wore tiny sundresses in the summer and never covered her hair.

          I know another Muslim guy who parties at clubs every weekend.

          I knew a Muslim couple who often slept together while unmarried. The girlfriend lived alone.

          I have never met a Muslim who had killed anyone.

          Anyway, what do you know of Muslims? Have you ever met any? Where do you get the right to say there’s no such thing as a moderate Muslim?

          • jcrosby35

            You figure it out. Watch the news for a change. You might learn something.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            And what, exactly, am I supposed to “learn?” What am I looking for? Proof that all the Muslims I know who are good, hard-working, entirely ORDINARY people just like you and me, are figments of my imagination?

          • jcrosby35

            Pardon me. But if you are judging all muslim by your limited point of view then you better quite chasing ambulances and get a life.
            Your world view is narrower than the eyes on a piss aunt

          • Ambulance Chaser

            You’re the one saying that all Muslims are terrorists. My “limited point of view” is that Muslims are people, like you and me. Some are good, some are bad, most are in between. How could that possibly be controversial?

        • ElRay

          Matthew 7:3-5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
          3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

          They’ll last about as long as the christians that pick-n-choose the parts to follow, the parts to ignore, the parts to interpret literally and the parts to put their own particular subjective interpretation on from their chosen version from the 200+ versions of the christian bible.

      • ElRay

        Pretty much the same as christians that pick which of the 20,000 to 40,000+ denomination of christianity, based on one of the 200+ versions of the christian bible they’ll follow and then pick-and-choose what parts they’ll follow, what parts they’ll ignore, what parts they’ll interpret literally and what parts they’ll interpret subjectively from that one out of 200+ versions of the christian bible.

  • Anton Viljoen

    just look at the face man … tells you a story ..perhaps the very REAL FACE of islam .