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Tenn. Police: Man Stabs Woman at Bus Stop, Says He 'Doesn't Like Gay People'

Monday Mar 12, 2018
Gaylord McDowell
Gaylord McDowell  (Source:Memphis Police Department via WREG)

A man from Memphis, Tenn. was arrested last week after admitting to stabbing a woman he didn't know at a bus stop because he believed she was gay, CBS-affilate WREG reports.

The woman told police about the February incident, saying the suspect, Gaylord McDowell, walked up to her in "attack mode" while she was waiting for the bus. After telling him to stop, he allegedly attacked her.

The woman, who is remaining anonymous, said McDowell allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed her in the breast. A bus driver saw the victim was injured and called the police but when they arrived, McDowell had fled the scene.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she received 10 stitches.

The bus driver and the woman said they recognized McDowell with the driver saying he had an issue with him in the past.

Police arrested McDowell on March 8 after the bus driver spotted him. When he was booked, McDowell was heard saying, "I already know what the police got me for, for that girl," according to WREG.

Officers confirmed McDowell didn't know the victim but he believed her to be lesbian and said that "he does not like gay people."

McDowell was charged with attempted second-degree murder.

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