Indiana University student stabbed in apparent anti-Asian attack

The Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana is seen on October 27, 2019. Photo: Marlena Sloss for the Washington Post via Getty Images

An 18-year-old Indiana University student was stabbed multiple times in the head during a bus ride on Wednesday in what officials describe as a “racially motivated” attack.

Driving the news: Billie R. Davis, 56, of Bloomington, allegedly told police she targeted the woman “due to”. [her] being Chinese” and “made statements that race was a factor in why she stabbed her,” according to court documents obtained by the Washington Post.

  • Davis was arrested and charged with attempted murder, the Bloomington Police Department said in a news release Thursday.
  • She also told a detective that she attacked the woman because it would be “one less person blowing up our country.”

Zoom out: The attack comes amid a rising number of anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents across the United States

  • Between March 2020 and March 2022, Stop AAPI Hate documented over 11,400 self-reported anti-AAPI hate incidents.

“We know when it is a racially motivated incident When this resonates throughout the community, we can feel less secure,” Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton said in a statement.

  • “We stand with the Asian community and anyone who feels threatened by this event,” he added.
  • “This week, Bloomington was sadly reminded that anti-Asian hatred is real and can have painful effects on individuals and our community,” said James C. Wimbush, vice president for diversity, justice and multicultural affairs at Indiana University, in a statement.
  • “To our Asian and Asian American friends, colleagues, students and neighbors, we stand by you,” Wimbush continued.

Details: The student, who has not yet been identified, was waiting for the bus doors to open when she was stabbed multiple times in the head, police said.

  • A bus passenger who witnessed the attack followed the suspect on foot and helped responding officers locate and apprehend the attacker, who was later identified as Davis.

  • The victim was taken to a local hospital with multiple stab wounds to the head. Information on her condition was not immediately available on Monday.

In the meantime, Davis was sent to the Monroe County Jail and originally charged with suspected battery.

  • But camera footage accessed by investigators captured the attack and showed the two women had no interaction before the suspect stabbed the 18-year-old multiple times in the head, police said.
  • Davis now faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon, court documents show.

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