Indiana University student stabbed to death in alleged racially motivated attack on bus: police

Indiana University student stabbed to death in alleged racially motivated attack on bus: police

Monday 16 January 2023
ABC News Radio

(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) — A 56-year-old white woman was arrested after she allegedly confessed to repeatedly stabbing an Asian Indiana University student in the head in what police said appeared to be an unprovoked, racially motivated attack who unfolded to passengers on a public bus in Bloomington, Indiana.

The suspect, Billy R. Davis, 56, of Bloomington, was taken into custody after a passenger who witnessed the attack followed her on foot as she fled the Bloomington Transit bus and reported her location to police, the authorities said.

According to a criminal complaint by ABC affiliate WRTV in Indianapolis, Davis admitted to stabbing the 18-year-old victim with a jackknife and allegedly told detectives because it would mean “one less person blowing up our country.” would”.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton condemned the attack, saying in a statement: “We stand with the Asian community and anyone who feels threatened by this event.”

“Following the brutal attack by a member of our community, I would like to state categorically that, here in the city of Bloomington, we condemn all forms of racism and discrimination, particularly hate-based violence. This behavior is unacceptable and will be punished accordingly. ‘ Hamilton said. “Bloomington is a relatively safe place, but we are not immune to issues affecting our entire nation. This senseless incident is a reminder that we should all look out for one another, be aware of our surroundings and try to fight racism and prejudice in all its forms wherever and whenever we encounter it.”

The attack happened on board the bus around 4.45pm on Wednesday, the Bloomington Police Department said in a statement.

The victim, whose name was not released, told investigators she was attacked without warning as she got up to exit the bus on Fourth Street in downtown Bloomington, several blocks from the Indiana University campus.

“She said that as she stood waiting for the bus doors to open, another passenger on the bus began hitting her repeatedly on the head, causing immediate pain,” police said in a statement.

Police officers who were called to the scene found the victim bleeding from the head and immediately called an ambulance, who took the victim to a local hospital for treatment.

“After the victim’s wounds were cleaned at the hospital, it was determined that the victim had multiple stab wounds to the head,” the police statement said.

The knife attack was caught on the bus’s surveillance camera, police said.

“The footage showed that the suspect and victim had no interactions before the suspect stabbed the victim multiple times in the head while the victim waited for the bus doors to open,” the police statement said.

Davis was originally in the Monroe County Jail and arrested on a felony battery charge. The charge was later changed to attempted murder after Davis allegedly confessed to investigators, police said.

“This week, Bloomington was sadly reminded that anti-Asian hatred is real and can have painful effects on individuals and our community,” said James Wimbush, vice president for diversity, justice and multicultural affairs at Indiana University, in a statement. “No people should be subject to harassment or violence because of their background, ethnicity or heritage. Instead, the Bloomington and IU communities are stronger because of the tremendous diversity of identities and perspectives that make up our campus and community culture.”

Indiana University’s Asian Culture Center also released a statement, urging students to speak out “and share your feelings of fear and anger.”

“We are outraged and heartbroken by this unprovoked act of violence, but we are also concerned for the well-being of our community,” the cultural center said in its statement. “We should not fear for our lives on public transport. Riding a bus shouldn’t feel dangerous.”

Anti-Asian hate crimes have skyrocketed since the pandemic began in 2020, according to a report by group Stop AAPI Hate. The report showed that 11,467 hate incidents against Asians and Pacific Islanders were reported to the organization between March 2020, when the pandemic began, and March 2022.

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