Woman seeks Allah's forgiveness for slashing bus passengers' throats
“I hope Allah will forgive me,” said Brietta Brown, shortly after she was handcuffed for allegedly slashing the throats of two passengers and attacking the driver of a transit bus.
The report comes from MassLive, which explained the attack happened on a Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus at Hadley.
Shortly after being cuffed and read her rights, she apologized, the report said..
“I’m so sorry, I don’t know what came over me. Please apologize to them for me, will they survive? I hope Allah will forgive me.”
MassLive said Hadley Police Officer Thomas Chabot’s report cites surveillance video from the bus.
Brown was sitting quietly after boarding, behind other passengers, when all of a sudden she took out a knife, unsheathed it, and grabbed a woman “and made a left to right slice to the victim’s neck.”
Then, the report said, she made “multiple slashing motions” at a man and cut him at least once, Chabot reported.
When the bus driver intervened to subdue her, “she also cut the bus drivers (sic) hand with the knife as he attempted to control her,” Chabot wrote.
The victims were treated at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
Chabot, once he had placed the suspect in his cruiser, reported what happened next.
“She began praying to ALLAH, (and) after arriving at the station she continued to pray and would not break her concentration to speak with any officers,” he wrote on the report.
Things got strange after that.
“Brown would not speak to police during the booking process or ‘acknowledge our presence and would not answer any of our questions, and would not stop praying.’ Officers placed her in a cell until she would comply. Her behavior became more erratic, Chabot wrote. ‘She began to drink toilet water, and asked multiple officers to shoot her in the head and referred to herself in the third person,'” MassLive said.
She was being evaluated for a mental health condition, but also faced two counts of attempted murder, assault and battery and disturbing the peace.
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