The police and FBI are jointly investigating an incident after two people were attacked with a knife upon entering an apartment building. The attacker is suspected to have ties with ISIS.
The incident occurred on Saturday evening. Roanoke County Police were called to respond to a stabbing at The Pines Apartments located at the 4300 block of Banbury Lane, off Route 419 near the Oak Grove Shopping Center. Two victims, a male and a female, were reportedly stabbed while entering an apartment building.
Wasil Farooqui ISIS-inspired Attack: Victims Suffered Severe Stab Wounds
According to a statement by the Roanoke County Police, both victims suffered from severe stab wounds. Nonetheless, the male victim managed to fight off the attacker who later fled the scene. Both victims were immediately transported to a nearby hospital by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue as police searched the area for the suspect.
As the victims were being treated in the hospital, 20-year-old Wasil Farooqui walked into the emergency room with injuries. Police said Farooqui met the description of the suspect in the stabbing incident. Further investigation led them to arrest Farooqui. Witnesses later said that Farooqui had yelled, “Allah Akbar” during the stabbing attack.
Today, the Roanoke County Police announced they are now working with the FBI regarding Farooqui’s case. “While I cannot discuss details of the investigation at this time, I do want to reassure the community that we are working to determine the nature of the incident,” explained Adam Lee, the Special Agent in Charge from FBI’s Richmond Division.
According to report from ABC News, sources indicated that Farooqui traveled to Turkey and may have tried to make his way to Syria in the past year to attempt to join ISIS. Farooqui’s victims suffered from cuts all over their body, with the male victim also injured in the neck. Police, however, believe that Farooqui did not attempt to behead the victims.
Farooqui is now being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding.