Friday, March 03, 2006

Driver plows through crowd at UNC

A former UNC student drove a Jeep Laredo through a crowd in front of the student union at the University of North Carolina. After leaving the scene, the driver, Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, called 911 and waited for authorities to arrest him. Six people were injured, none of them seriously. The News and Observer has some quotes from witnesses to the incident.

Update I: The FBI evacuated the Carrboro apartment complex where the driver lived. The feds said the driver had apparently made statements in the past concerning the American treatment of Muslims:

According to the Associated Press, the FBI joined the case because Taheri-azar, a native of Iran, "allegedly made statements that he acted to avenge the American treatment of Muslims. The ongoing investigation will work to confirm this," said Special Agent Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman in Washington.

Update II: The News and Observer has some biographical info up on the susupect Taheri-azar. He graduated with two degrees last December. Apparently, he has also lived in Charlotte and has a record of reckless driving:

In August 2003, Taheri-azar was convicted of unsafe movement after being charged with driving left of center and failing to obey a traffic officer in Orange County, according to police records. ..A month later, he was convicted of reckless driving to endanger for speeding and reckless driving, also in Orange County. ..His address both times was listed as 3125 English Sparrow Lane in Charlotte. Neighbors there say they knew the family as the Taheris and believe Taheri-azar lived with his mother and younger sister. The family has since moved away. ..In July 1999, a Mohamed Dhahran Taheri of the same address was charged with reckless driving to endanger and driving without a license in Mecklenburg County.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Brent said...

That was effective on his part. Sometimes I wonder what people are thinking. However, any sect that would burn buildings over a CARTOON is nuts anyway. I think it's time to thin the herd.

3/03/2006  
Anonymous glenn said...

Brent, if we don't take a firm and unequivocal stand now, there's a chance things will get beyond ugly down the road. If Taheri-azar thinks treatment of Muslims is bad now, he'll learn he's lived a sheltered life if he has any sense. I'm hoping a jury or a judge sends a stong message. I'd prefer it coming from a jury.

3/04/2006  
Blogger LiquidLifeHacker said...

Remember the guy in arizona that drove his car into the home depot? I think this is just another jihad tactic for some of these evil possessed people to use against us.

It's a good time for everyone to get educated on what Islam teaches to their followers www.prophetofdoom.net

3/05/2006  

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