An unsuspecting Indiana University student was repeatedly stabbed in the head on a bus Wednesday for “being Chinese,” police said.
Billie Davis, 56, allegedly told cops that she targeted the Bloomington student solely because of her race.
Davis allegedly told cops that the 18-year-old student “would be one less person to blow up our country,” according to court documents obtained by WRTV.
Davis, who could be seen smirking in a mugshot, was initially charged with battery before hospital workers discovered seven stab wounds on the victim’s head.
Police re-interviewed Davis Thursday, who then allegedly admitted to using a folding knife in the racially-charged attack, and charged her with attempted murder. It’s unclear if she will also be charged with a hate crime.
The attack was completely unprovoked, police said.
The student, who police did not identify but was identified as an Indiana University student, told officers she tried to exit the bus at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday but was bludgeoned by a stranger she had not interacted with during the bus ride.
Davis allegedly struck the student while he was waiting for the doors to open.
Davis walked off the bus and away from the scene while her victim remained bleeding, according to police footage.
A witness followed Davis in order to provide police with her location.
Davis is being held at the Monroe County Jail on a $100,000 surety bond and a $1,000 cash bond, according to online court records.
“This week, Bloomington was sadly reminded that anti-Asian hatred is real and can have painful consequences for individuals and our community,” Indiana University Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs James Wimbush said in a statement.
“No one should face harassment or violence because of their background, ethnicity, or heritage. Instead, the Bloomington and IU communities are stronger because of the wide range of identities and perspectives that make up our campus and community culture.