Woman attacked by knife-wielding man yelling anti-Muslim slurs speaks out

Henrietta Strickland
April 8, 2018

According to the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston), the 25-year-old victim, who is white and wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), says she was driving home early Thursday morning from her job as a nurse when her vehicle was nearly sideswiped by a red SUV in northwest Harris County.

The nurse - described as being white herself - was wearing an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, when she was almost sideswiped by a red SUV, the organization said in a press release.

The assault ended when another man, who was riding shotgun in the red SUV also wearing dark trousers and a white T-shirt, got out of the SUV and intervened by leading "the driver back into the vehicle", the sheriff's office said. She said the man who stabbed her had neck and arm tattoos.

After the accident the woman got out of her auto to check for damage, while the driver of the SUV got out of his vehicle and started shouting racial and religious insults, calling the woman a "raghead".

A nurse in northeast Harris County says she was attacked by violent racists when she was returning home from her night shift at a hospital early Thursday morning.

"Oh my God, it's a r**head", "It's an f***ing r**head", "sand n*****", he yelled before calling her a "desert monkey". The victim tried to get back in her vehicle, but the passenger side door was locked.

The stab wound severed an artery, "resulting in loss of blood, some of which got on the attacker", CAIR told the Houston Chronicle.

A reward of $5,000 has been announced for information leading to the arrest of the attacker. According to the reports, the other passenger convinced the attacker to get back in the auto and leave.

One of the men is described as white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 175 pounds with a thin build and dark hair.

The victim drove herself back to the hospital, which was also her workplace and received treatment for her injury.

"We hope that anyone who has information about this potentially deadly and apparently bias-motivated attack will immediately contact law enforcement authorities", said Mustafaa Carroll, CAIR-Houston's executive director.

CAIR-Houston official claim they have witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of President Donald Trump.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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