Driver faces federal hate crime probe after ramming people he thought were Muslim

The suspect – Peoples, 34 – has been charged with eight counts of attempted murder.

By Bassel Barakat

A man accused of intentionally hitting a group of people by his car in Sunnyvale, Northern Carolina last week because he believed they were Muslims.

The FBI has opened a federal hate crime investigation based on evidence that the driver, Isaiah Joel Peoples, allegedly drove his vehicle into pedestrians and hit them based on their appearance.

According to investigators, Peoples was driving to Bible study group on Tuesday after he picked up some food.
“The FBI San Francisco Field Office has opened a federal hate crime investigation into the incident that occurred in Sunnyvale on April 23, 2019,” a statement from the agency said.

The police did not provide more details about the ongoing investigation.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time,” the statement said.

The suspect – Peoples, 34 – has been charged with eight counts of attempted murder.

Peoples, who was wearing a prison jumpsuit appeared in the court on Friday peering at the audience many times.

His attorney, Chuck Smith said that his client is a religious man and he is praying for the family who were injured. Meanwhile, he asked the judge to delay his arraignment.

“Absolutely we are disputing that this was an intentional act and this is a case of mental disorder,” he said.

One of his victims is a 13-year-old girl remains at the hospital in critical condition, police said.

The suspect was a veteran in the U.S. army from 2004 until 2008 as a finance auditor in the Department of Defence contractor.

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