911 calls detail attack on Muslim women near campus

911 calls detail attack on Muslim women near campus
911 calls detail attack on Muslim women near campus

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - 911 calls newly released by the Tucson Police Department tell a tale of a racially-motivated attack near the University of Arizona campus.

"He walked by saying '(expletive) you Muslims' and then we knew he was going to come back but we didn't know he was going to attack us. He had a pocket knife,'" said one female victim, describing the attack to the Tucson Police dispatch.

The TPD said Manuel Lewis, 44, was arrested Sunday, Jan. 14 at an incident outside of the Starbucks on University Boulevard in Main Gate Square.

As we reported in mid-January, TPD Officer Chris Hawkins said Lewis had knives on him when he shouted racial slurs and anti-Muslim derogatory comments at seven women sitting on the patio outside the coffee shop.

The victims told police that Lewis walked past them several times before charging them and flipping over their table. He ran off towards a back alley and was subdued by bystander.

Police records state the people who subdued Lewis did not strike him, only holding him down on the ground until police arrived.

"No, no one is hurt but they have him on the ground right now. He just went up in front of the girls and pushed through their table and threw their table," said one of the witnesses in the 911 call.

Lewis was booked on seven counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of assault with no injuries and two counts of criminal damage.

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