Around 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 11, police responded to a report in Bloomington of an assault on a transit bus, the Bloomington Police Department announced.
The victim was an 18-year-old woman who was transported to a local hospital for head bleeding and injuries, officials said.
The victim reportedly told police she was riding the bus when she got up to exit and the suspect, 56-year-old Billie Davis, allegedly “began to strike her repeatedly in the head,” which caused “immediate pain” to the victim, authorities said.
David then exited the bus and fled the scene before officers arrived, WXIN-TV reported. However, another passenger on the bus reportedly got off the bus and followed Davis. They notified police of her location and officers took her into custody.
Police said they reviewed surveillance footage from inside the bus and the “suspect and victim had no interactions prior to the suspect stabbing the victim multiple times in the head.”
The footage showed Davis reportedly pulling a knife out of her pocket and stabbing the victim seven times, police said.
Detectives interviewed Davis, who reportedly said she stabbed the victim with a folding knife because the victim was Chinese and it “would be one less person to blow up our country,” WXIN-TV reported.
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On April 20, a federal grand jury indicted Davis on a federal hate crime, the Department of Justice announced. The indictment stated Davis “willfully caused bodily injury” to the victim and “attempted to do so using a knife because of the victim’s race and national origin.”
According to the indictment, Davis also stabbed the victim in an attempt to kill her.
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