A man has turned himself in to authorities after a reported road rage incident that the victim believed was a hate crime.
Officials in Rutherford County said 52-year-old Michael Robinson turned himself in on Sunday on a warrant by the Murfreesboro Police Department.
Robinson was wanted in a road rage case involving a victim, identified as Sarah Alzu'bi.
In May, reports stated Alzu'bi was driving on Northwest Broad Street in Murfreesboro when she noticed a truck beside her.
According to Alzu’bi, the man, now identified as Robinson, began spitting at her car.
Robinson allegedly began to swerve into her lane and nearly caused her to run off the road. She managed to pull over in a median.
The truck was right behind her, and Robinson was reportedly yelling profanities.
Robinson then got out of the truck and made his way to Alzu’bi’s car window, which was when he allegedly threatened to kill her. He drove off after a short standoff.
Murfreesboro police were investigating the incident as an aggravated assault motivated by an anti-Islamic bias.
Alzu'bi said she had converted to Islam after marriage.
Robinson was released on a $1,500 bond after turning himself in and being charged with a misdemeanor.
Wednesday afternoon, those with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said they're disappointed Robinson was only charged with a misdemeanor. They released the following statement:
“We are disappointed that an alleged hate attack on a Muslim woman has been treated as a misdemeanor and that the suspect in this troubling case was released on such low bail. Given the allegation of a bias motive, we ask that the charge in this case be upgraded to a felony and that any sentencing be enhanced to reflect the seriousness of the alleged crime.”
Robinson has been scheduled to appear in court August 9.