Southfield Police: man asked victims are Muslim, started stabbing

The Southfield Police Department said Tuesday that a man is in custody and the FBI is involved after he asked several people waiting at a bus stop if they were Muslim and then started stabbing when they said no.

Police said they were called to the bus stop at Northland Mall around 10:30 Saturday night. When they arrived they found two men, both Detroit natives, with stab wounds. One man was stabbed in the head, neck and back while the other was stabbed in the hand. The two men were taken to the hospital for treatment and were later released with non-life-threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, police were searching for the man they say was responsible. They caught up to him near Greenfield Road and 7 Mile. 39-year-old Terrence Thomas was arrested and police said he was carrying two knives when he was arrested.

Southfield police said Thomas did not know the victims but made several comments about his religion and asked them about their religious beliefs before stabbing them. Police tell FOX 2 Thomas asked specifically if the men were Muslim and when they said 'no', he started stabbing the men. The FBI has been called in to determine if any federal laws, including hate crime, were violated. 

Southfield police ask anyone who may have been in the area at that time on Sunday to call (248) 796-5500.

Thomas being held on two counts of assault with intent to murder, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, and possession of a controlled substance. He's currently being held on a $1 million bond.
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