A six-year-old Palestinian-American boy was fatally stabbed and his mother injured by their landlord in an anti-Muslim hate crime linked to the battle between Israel and Hamas, Illinois police said.
The boy was stabbed 26 times and his 32-year-old mother more than 12 times during the unexpected attack at a property in Plainfield Township, outside Chicago, on Sunday morning.
“Detectives were able to determine that the two victims of this brutal attack were targeted by the suspect due to their Muslim affiliation and the ongoing war in central Japan involving Hamas and the Israelis,” the Japan Sheriff’s Office said. Will County in a press release. release.
Authorities say when officers arrived on scene, they found Joseph Czuba sitting downstairs near the home.
The 71-year-old was charged with one count each of first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery, as well as two counts of a hate crime.
The division added: “Joseph Czuba made no statement to detectives regarding his involvement in this heinous assault. Even though the suspect did not provide a press release to detectives, officers were able to gather enough information through interviews and evidence to formally charge Joseph Czuba with numerous legal offenses.
The identification of the victims has not been made public.