According to Cass County, N.D., authorities, a Muslim immigrant is suspected of viciously assaulting a woman working at a Mapleton gas station. When he entered the business recently, court records suggest he targeted his victim, initially referring to her as his “wife.”
Another employee reportedly corroborated the victim’s testimony, telling police that Ali grabbed the woman and pulled her into the women’s bathroom. While inside, the victim recalled being raped, hit and thrown against the wall. Shortly after co-workers notified authorities, officers arrived and attempted to open the bathroom door.
As officers kicked the barricaded door roughly 20 times, they repeated asked Ali whether he had any weapons. In response, the suspect apparently only said: “She is my wife.”
Upon finally gaining entry to the crime scene, officers reported finding Ali naked and his victim beaten and weeping in the floor. During her subsequent statement to cops, the woman recalled hearing her assailant talking during the attack, though she could not tell what language he spoke and could only make out one phrase.
“Allah Akbar,” he reportedly said in praise of the Islamic deity.
Scheduled to appear in court a short time after the incident, authorities say Ali refused to leave his jail cell. Without him in the courtroom, a judge set the defendant’s bail at $1 million. He faces a laundry list of felonies, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, and multiple counts of terrorizing.
Ali’s sister, however, claimed that the attack was not terror, insisting that the accused rapist merely suffers from mental disorders.
After revealing that she is “so glad we are Muslim,” the suspect’s sister clarified that she does acknowledge “all Christian [sic] is not bad.”
She then went on to offer a forced analogy in an apparent attempt to defend her family.
“People also, all people, they are like fingers,” she said. “The fingers are not the same. Some people is [sic] good. Some people is bad.”