A 31-year-old Houston woman was stabbed in the arm in a roadside attack apparently motivated by anti-Muslim hate, and a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the attacker’s arrest and conviction.
According to the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the group offering the reward, the assault took place early Thursday morning.
The woman, who is white and wears an Islamic head scarf, or hijab, was driving home from her nursing job when her vehicle was nearly sideswiped by a red SUV.
Rattled, she pulled over and got out of her vehicle to check for damage when the SUV made a U-turn and pulled up behind her.
The SUV driver allegedly got out of the vehicle and began screaming obscenities and racial and religious slurs at the woman. She tried to get back into her vehicle through the passenger side, but the door was locked.
The attacker then allegedly waved a knife in her face, hitting her with the knife handle on her shoulder and arms. Eventually, he stabbed the woman in the arm, severing an artery and staining himself with blood in the process.
A passenger in the SUV got out of the vehicle and attempted to restrain the attacker, eventually getting him to climb back in the car and leave the scene.
The woman returned to the hospital where she worked and was treated for her wound.
The two men in the SUV are described as white males between 20 and 35 years old. The attacker had tattoos on his arms and neck.
The Harris County sheriff’s office is investigating the case.
“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.