Terrance Lavaron Thomas, 39, will not be charged with a hate crime, even though he “is Muslim and asked the victims what religion they were” before stabbing two people on Feb. 15, Nick Loussia, deputy chief of police for the Southfield Police Department in Michigan, told MLive.
Thomas reportedly attacked two people at a Southfield bus stop in Detroit, Michigan. He is charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and possession of marijuana.
Investigators are still interviewing witnesses, but Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton said Thomas’ argument with the victims, a 52-year-old man and 51-year-old man, started over “bad breath and bad teeth” and then escalated.
“At this point ... I'm not hearing anything that is going to monumentally change any of the charges," Walton said.
The FBI is investigating if Thomas committed any federal hate crimes. "We're taking all of the logical investigative steps with regards to the sorts of violations we investigate," David Porter, spokesman for the Detroit FBI field office, said on Feb. 19. "There is no update to provide. I’m not saying anything beyond we are investigating the matter."
The victims and Thomas did not know each other before the stabbing, and both men have been released from the hospital without life-threatening injuries.