Saturday began out as a standard day, 32-year-old Hanaan Shahin instructed police, with breakfast within the dwelling her household rented in Plainfield Township, Illinois.
Inside hours, Shahin was within the hospital, recovering from greater than a dozen stab wounds, after the household’s landlord brutally attacked her and her 6-year-old son, Wadea Al Fayoume, the Will County Sheriff’s Workplace stated. Wadea was stabbed 26 occasions and didn’t survive.
Courtroom paperwork filed Monday element the times and moments earlier than 71-year-old Joseph M. Czuba allegedly killed Wadea in what investigators referred to as an anti-Muslim assault.
Shahin, who’s Palestinian, instructed authorities she rents two rooms in Czuba’s home the place she lived with Wadea on the primary ground, and Czuba lived on the second ground, based on the paperwork.
The household “had no purpose to suspect what was to happen,” Ahmed Rehab, government director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago, stated Sunday.
In reality, Wadea’s father stated Czuba introduced the boy toys – that he even constructed him a tree home and allowed him to swim in a makeshift pool, Rehab stated.
“It wasn’t till (Czuba) began watching the information and listening to the statements that one thing modified,” he added.
Czuba’s spouse, Mary, instructed police he “listens to conservative discuss radio frequently,” and was closely within the latest occasions occurring in Israel, the paperwork present.
Czuba instructed his spouse on Wednesday that he needed Shahin and her household to maneuver out of the house and stated that Czuba “believed that they have been at risk and that (Shahin) was going to name over her Palestinian buddies or household to hurt them,” the paperwork present.
Czuba’s spouse stated he secretly made a $1,000 money withdrawal, “in case the U.S. grid went down,” the paperwork state. She stated he expressed concern over a “Nationwide Day of Jihad that was alleged to happen on Friday, October thirteenth, 2023,” the day earlier than the stabbing, investigators stated within the paperwork.
Shahin instructed police she tried reaching out to Czuba’s spouse through textual content within the days earlier than the assault about his hatred of Muslims and that Czuba confronted her on Wednesday in regards to the occasions unfolding within the Center East, based on the paperwork.
On Saturday, moments earlier than the assault, Czuba instructed Shahin he was offended at her for what was occurring in Jerusalem, the mom instructed investigators, based on the paperwork.
“Let’s pray for peace,” Shahin stated in response, she instructed police. Then, she stated, Czuba attacked her with a knife, the paperwork stated.
Shahin instructed police she was capable of get away by locking herself in a close-by rest room, although she was not capable of get Wadea into the toilet together with her, the paperwork stated. As she referred to as 911 from inside the toilet, she instructed investigators, she may hear her son was being stabbed, prosecutors stated throughout a courtroom listening to Monday.
After making an attempt to kick within the entrance door, Plainfield Police Division officers have been capable of enter the home via the again door.
Responding officers first encountered Czuba “laying on his again within the yard on the rear of the residence,” based on the submitting. A knife holster was discovered on his waist belt and eliminated. A number of pocketknives have been additionally positioned subsequent to his toes, the submitting stated.
Czuba, who didn’t make any statements, was positioned in handcuffs and detained, and a discipline dressing was positioned on a wound on his head, based on the submitting.
A responding officer discovered Shahin sitting within the entrance of the home. She “had a number of facial wounds and was bleeding profusely,” the submitting stated.
The Plainfield Hearth Division offered medical therapy and transported Wadea and his mom to Saint Joseph Medical Heart in Joliet, whereas Czuba was despatched to a different hospital for additional medical therapy.
Wadea was pronounced useless at Saint Joseph Medical Heart shortly after midday, based on the paperwork.
Czuba was charged with first-degree homicide, tried first-degree homicide, two counts of a hate crime and aggravated battery with a lethal weapon, the sheriff’s workplace stated. He appeared in courtroom Monday, the place his legal professional, Kylie Blatti, instructed the courtroom Czuba has no prior convictions. The decide ordered Czuba to be held with out bond, and a preliminary listening to was scheduled for October 30.
Wadea’s mother and father are from a village within the West Financial institution, Rehab stated. Wadea’s mom moved to the US 12 years in the past, his father moved to the US 9 years in the past, and Wadea was born within the US.
The assault has been extensively condemned by officers, together with President Joe Biden and first woman Jill Biden, who stated in an announcement that the “little one’s Palestinian Muslim household got here to America in search of what all of us search – a refuge to stay, be taught, and pray in peace.”
“As Individuals, we should come collectively and reject Islamophobia and all types of bigotry and hatred,” the assertion learn.