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Two Men Stabbed At Bus Stop After Saying They Aren't Muslim

The suspect allegedly identified himself as Muslim before launching his attack. The FBI is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

Posted on February 17, 2015, at 3:03 p.m. ET

Two men are recovering after being stabbed at a Detroit-area bus stop by a suspect who allegedly asked them if they were Muslim before he attacked.

Southfield Police Department

The suspect, 39-year-old Terrence Lavaron Thomas, was arraigned Tuesday.

The FBI is also investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins told BuzzFeed News.

Thomas allegedly identified himself as Muslim before launching his attack, Hawkins said.

Witnesses told authorities that a number of people were waiting at the bus stop on Saturday night when a few of them started discussing religion.

Thomas allegedly then said he was a Muslim and asked the two victims if they were as well. After the two men said they were not, Thomas allegedly attacked them, Hawkins said.

The victims, both men in their 50s, sustained non-life threatening injuries and have been treated and released. The first victim was stabbed five times, the other was stabbed once.

Hawkins said it was unclear whether either victim is religious.

"We don't think they actually said anything about their religious affiliation (to the suspect)," he said.

Thomas may be mentally unstable, reported.

Thomas, who was arrested shortly after the attack, faces charges of assault with the intent to kill, carrying a deadly weapon with unlawful intent, and marijuana possession. He also may face state charges of ethnic intimidation.

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