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A Muslim woman was stabbed in Houston on her way home from work, in what appears to be a religious hate-crime. A $5,000 reward has been offered for information regarding the attackers.
The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) has offered a $5,000 reward for information regarding the attempted murder of the 31-year-old Muslim nurse.
CAIR-Houston described the victim as a white nurse, who ‘wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab)’. She was stabbed in the arm by an unidentified man accompanied by another male. The alleged assailant and his passenger were described as 20-35 year-old white males. The attacker had tattoos on his arms and neck.
The stabbing is being referred to as a hate crime. The victim was driving home from work on early Thursday morning, when she was almost run off the road by a red SUV in northwest Harris County.
The nurse pulled over and came out of her vehicle in order to check for damage. The red SUV then circled back and pulled up behind her. The driver got out of the car and started yelling racial and religious slurs at her, such as “r**head”, “sand n*****” and “desert monkey”.
The victim quickly tried to return to her car but her passenger side door was locked. It was then that the attacker started waving a knife in the victim’s face, hitting her arms and shoulders with its handle.
The passenger riding in the red SUV got out of the vehicle and tried to hold the attacker back, but not before he had stabbed the defenseless nurse with the weapon, an attack she tried to block with her arm.
The knife hit an artery, severely injuring the victim. She returned to the hospital where she worked and had her injuries treated.
The case is being investigated by Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The Executive Director at CAIR has encouraged community members to report any information about the ‘potentially deadly and apparently bias motivated attack’.