Muslim head covering leads to Road Rage and More in Murfreesboro

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A Muslim woman who is from Murfreesboro and has lived in Rutherford County her entire life was targeted while driving home from work possibly because of her head covering. The victim was cursed at, spit at and even called a terrorist.

28 Year old Sarah Alzubi told WGNS a man in a white Chevy truck followed her from State Route 840 onto Broad Street and past Northfield Boulevard.


When the victim pulled into the median in front of her husbands shop, the man jumped out of his truck...


By the time police arrived, the man in the white Chevy Silverado was gone.

Murfreesboro Police only have a partial tag number of the man who followed and allegedly harassed Sarah. The first three numbers on the tag are believed to be "398." If you saw anything suspicious involving a white truck following a silver Lexus in a reckless manner in the area of Broad Street on Thursday, you are encouraged to contact police at 615-893-1311.

Since our story first aired, we have learned that the Council on American-Islamic Relations is getting involved in this case to find the subject who was behind the wheel of the truck. At this point, no arrests have been made.

Hear the full soundbyte of what occurred (3 min and 38 sec):

From the Council on American-Islamic Relations:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and the Tennessee -based American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged attack yesterday on a Muslim woman in that state as a possible hate crime.

The Muslim woman, who wears on Islamic head scarf (hijab), said she was exiting off highway 840 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., when a white male in his 40s driving a white Chevrolet Silverado allegedly began spitting at her vehicle and then tried to run her off the road.

As the Muslim woman tried to avoid the man's attack, he allegedly screamed "f**king terrorist" and other obscenities. When the Muslim woman got stuck in traffic while seeking to escape the assault, the attacker allegedly bumped his vehicle into that of the victim. He then got out of his vehicle and reportedly hit her window with his fists, while screaming "I will f**king kill you." When the alleged victim told the attacker she was taking photographs of him, he fled the scene.

City of Murfreesboro police are investigating the incident.

"We call on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat this apparent hate attack with the seriousness it deserves and to bring the strongest possible charges against the alleged perpetrator," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.


Victim Statement
MPD Incident 16-10043

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