Police released a sketch of a man suspected of stabbing a woman with a knife while shouting anti- Muslim slurs at her.
Investigators are asking the public to come forward to help identify the man.
The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on April 5 in the 10000 block of Huffmeister Road in Harris Count, Texas. The woman, who does not wish to release her name, said she had just finished her shift as an emergency room nurse when an oncoming red SUV narrowly missed her vehicle.
She said she stopped at a nearby parking lot to compose herself and check damage to her car. She soon realized that the red SUV had made a U turn and followed her to the lot. The The driver of the SUV got out with a knife and started yelling ethnic slurs at her. He then tried to stab her in the
chest but she shielded herself from the attack and the knife slashed her arm.
A passenger in the SUV led the driver back to their vehicle and the two men drove away, investigators said.
The victim helped a forensic artist develop a sketch of the suspect. He is described as white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 175 pounds with a thin build and dark hair. He spoke with thick country accent. He was wearing a white T-shirt and dark-colored pants at the time of the stabbing.
The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
“We hope that anyone who has information about this potentially-deadly and apparently bias-motivated attack will immediately contact law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 713-221-6000.