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Deputies: St. Pete man stabbed victim because he’s Muslim

6 February 2011 General 3 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Bradley Strott, photo courtesy: abcactionnews.com Copyright 2011 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A St. Petersburg man is charged with a hate crime after he allegedly stabbed another man because he’s a Muslim.

“He simply made the mistake of stating he was a Muslim, and it almost cost him his life.” said Ali Ebadi, the son of victim Sam Ebadi.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 52-year-old Bradley Strott and Ebadi had been talking about religion when the man told Strott he was a Muslim.

He then became upset, grabbed the victim by his shirt and stabbed the man in the neck with his pocket knife, according to Strott’s arrest affidavit.

Strott said that “Muslims are the root of the problems,” the report states. Ebadi was taken to an area hospital where he has remained since the attack. “He tried to murder my father and he spent a day in jail, I do not want another Muslim family to have to go through what I go through.” said Ali.

Strott has been charged with aggravated battery and was booked into the Pinellas County Jail late Friday night. He bonded out Saturday.

The Tampa Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations have stepped in and are talking with the FBI about this attack.

According to spokesperson Ramzy Kilic with the organization, the FBI is working with local law enforcement to see if they can upgrade the charges to a hate crime. Ebadi is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday.

Original post: Deputies: St. Pete man stabbed victim because he’s Muslim


  1. Now lets imagine the stabber was a Muslim , the CNN and Fox would have blown the incident out of propotion and by that spurred more hate crimes and further accused us Muslims with all adjectives of violence in their democratic dictionary….

  2. This is horrifying. I hope that this crazy man is locked up permanently. This is a country based on religious freedom for ALL. That includes Muslims. All citizens need to stand up for true American values and say that we will NOT tolerate persecution of ANY people.

  3. ASA,

    Bro. Walid,

    I believe your statement to be quite accurate. Further, those same entities would have been joined by and hosting every right wing nutjob Islamaphobe (Sarah Palin, Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, Walid Shoebat, etc.) saying that the “radical Islamists” are supported by the so-called moderate Muslims and we’re “celebrating the stabbing of a Christian“.

    However, I want to caution the readers who suggest that the culprit of this hate crime was a Muslim. There is NO EVIDENCE to even suggest that. He didn’t make any statements to that regard nor were his actions representative of Christianity. Let us, as Muslims, not be guilty of the same “cubbyholing” as other blame Islam and all Muslims for the misdeeds of individuals in our community.

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