Stabbing in Roanoke County, Virginia
Information Cutoff: 1:00 p.m. on August 23, 2016
On Saturday, August 20, 2016 Wasil Farooqui was arrested
for malicious wounding after he attacked two people in
The incident occurred in an apartment complex, where the
victims were picked at random, and was an isolated incident.
The two victims have been hospitalized and their conditions
are unknown at this time
Richmond FBI Field Office has confirmed that they are
investigating the incident to determine the nature of the crime
It is believed that the suspect may have been trying to
behead the male victim while he was yelling “Allah Akbar”.
On Saturday August 20, 2016
Roanoke County Police
Department charged Wasil
Farooqui, 20 years old, with two
counts of aggravated Malicious
Wounding in a stabbing attack
that left a man and woman
injured. There are little details
about the condition of the victims, however it is reported that
they are currently hospitalized. Witnesses told police that
Farooqui was yelling “Allah Akbar” during the attack. “Allah
Akbar” is Arabic for God is Great.
The incident was isolated to the apartment complex, Pines
Apartments, in Roanoke, Virginia and there have been no
additional reports of similar incidents. The suspect acted alone
during the attack and there are no additional known threats at
The suspect, Farooqui, is currently being held without bond at
the Western Virginia Jail. There are reports that the FBI have been aware of Farooqui and are
familiar with the case. The FBI is currently investigating whether or not there is an ISIS connection.
IMPLICATIONS FOR HANOVER COUNTY
Isolated attacks remain an attractive tactic for terrorist groups and their sympathizers as such
assaults require minimal preparation, leaving them more challenging for law enforcement
officials to detect and disrupt.
Citizens are reminded to be watchful of individuals demonstrating suspicious behavior.
Community partnerships continue to be critical in providing for the safety and security of our
Public vigilance and awareness campaigns such as the “If you see something, say something”
initiative play an important role in identifying potential criminal behavior or threats.
1. “FBI Reportedly Investigating Whether Virginia Stabbing was ISIS Inspired,” Fox News- August 23.
2. “FBI Probing Possible Virginia Terror Attack,” CBS News- August 23, 2016
Should you have any information about any crime or suspicious activity, please contact the Sheriff’s
Office. If it is an emergency, please dial 911. For non-emergency events in progress please dial (804)
365-6140. Other non-emergency information can be shared at SHIELD@hanovercounty.gov.