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