An unsuspecting Indiana University student was stabbed repeatedly in the head on a bus Wednesday because “he’s Chinese,” police said.
Billie Davis, 56, reportedly told officers she targeted the Bloomington student for no other reason than her race.
The 18-year-old student “would be one less person to blow up our country,” Davis allegedly told police, according to court documents. acquired by WRTV.
Davis – who was seen smiling in one look – was initially charged only with battery until hospital workers found seven stab wounds to the victim’s head.
Police interviewed Davis again on Thursday, who later reportedly admitted to using a folding knife in the racist attack and charged her with attempted murder. It is unclear if he will also be charged with a hate crime.
The attack was completely unprovoked, said the police.
The student, who police did not name but was identified as an Indiana University student, told officers she tried to get off the bus at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, but was hit by a stranger with whom she had not interacted during the bus ride.
Davis knocked spontaneously as the student waited for the doors to open, police allege.
As her victim lay bleeding, Davis exited the bus and walked away from the scene, footage reviewed by police shows.
A witness followed Davis to give her location to officers.
Davis is being held in the Monroe County Jail on $100,000 bond and $1,000 cash bond, according to online court records.
“This week, Bloomington was an unfortunate reminder that anti-Asian hate is real and can have painful effects on individuals and our community,” said Indiana University Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs James Wimbush.
“No one should face harassment or violence because of origin, nationality or heritage. Instead, the Bloomington and IU communities are stronger because of the vast diversity of identities and perspectives that make up our campus and community culture.”