Indiana woman charged with federal hate crime in bus attack

A southern Indiana woman charged with attempted murder and federal hate crime for stabbing a Chinese-American Indiana University student on a bus.

The Justice Department said a federal grand jury in Evansville indicted Bloomington resident Billie R. Davis, 56, on Thursday

for deliberately injuring the victim due to her race and national origin. Her lawyer stated she's insane.

She stabbed the lady in the skull with a folding knife because it "would be one less person to blow up our country."

Since the coronavirus outbreak, Asian Americans have been the subject of racially motivated harassment and attacks,

and many worry that anti-Asian rhetoric related to U.S.-China ties might lead to additional violence.

According to an Indianapolis Star affidavit from a detective who studied bus surveillance tape, the man was stabbed seven times in the head.

The affidavit states that Davis folds the knife, puts it back in her pocket, and sits down on the bus.

Pre-attack surveillance footage indicated no interaction between the two ladies.

A bus passenger who followed the woman's abuser called police.

Court documents show Davis was arrested for attempted murder and aggravated violence.

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