St. Petersburg man stabbed victim because he’s Muslim, Charged with Battery Rather than Attempted Murder
By: Chad Cookler
A St. Petersburg man is charged with a hate crime after he allegedly stabbed another man because he’s a Muslim.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 52-year-old Bradley Strott and the unidentified victim 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. The victim required medical treatment, but his condition was unknown Saturday.
Strott has been charged with aggravated battery and was booked into the Pinellas County Jail late Friday night. No bond has been set
St. Petersburg man accused of hate crime against Muslim
By Kameel Stanley, Times Staff Writer
Posted: Feb 05, 2011 09:45 AM
ST. PETERSBURG – Authorities have arrested a 52-year-old man they say committed a hate crime against a man he learned was a Muslim.
According to an arrest affidavit, Bradley Kent Strott, of 4300 58th Ave. N, stabbed the unidentified victim in the neck with a pocket knife on Friday evening.
The two men had been talking about religion when the victim told Strott he was a Muslim, the report said.
“The defendant then became upset, grabbed the victim by his shirt, and stabbed him in the neck with his pocket knife,” a Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy wrote in the affidavit. “The defendant stated that Muslims are the root of the problem,”
The victim required medical treatment, the report said, but his condition was unknown Saturday.
Strott was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery and booked into the Pinellas County Jail late Friday night. No bond has been set.