BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA (AP) – A 56-year-old woman has been charged after an 18-year-old Indiana University student was repeatedly stabbed in the head on a public bus in an attack the school says was because the victim is Asian.
The victim told investigators she was standing and waiting for the exit doors to open on a Bloomington Transit bus last Wednesday afternoon when another passenger began striking her in the head, Bloomington police said in a release. Bus surveillance footage showed no interaction between the two women prior to the attack.
A witness who also was riding the bus followed the woman’s attacker and contacted police, who later arrested Billie R Davis of Bloomington.
Davis has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery, according to court records.
The victim was treated at a hospital for multiple stab wounds.
Her name was not released.
Court documents show Davis said the victim was targetted because of her race, according to WNDU-TV.
Citing court records, WRTV-TV reports that Davis told police she stabbed the woman multiple times in the head with a folding knife because it “would be one less person to blow up our country”.
Records did not list an attorney representing Davis.