A heated argument ensued after devout Muslim Jimmy Stepney said he “felt like more Muslims need to step up to the plate and do certain thing. He was talking about beheading people.”
“I was just trying to pay it forward by helping him out,” said the Christian. “Instead…. ” Stepney allegedly punched the victim.
“Man arrested, accused of slashing man after heated religious conversation,” KOCO, November 18, 2014
A metro man is in jail accused of attacking another man over religion differences.
On Monday authorities responded to a 911 about an assault in the 1400 block of Northeast 11th Street.
Upon their arrival, officers learned the victim, Jerome Bullockand 54-year-old Jimmy Stepney had been arguing about the Bible and the Quran.
According to the arrest affidavit, Stepney is a Muslim and the Bullock is a Christian.
The report went on to say Stepney had been making comments about beheading people.
“We were watching the news,” said Bullock. “He said he felt like more Muslims need to step up to the plate and do certain thing. He was talking about beheading people.”
Because of the statement, Bullock says he asked Stepney, who’d been staying with the family, to leave.
Stepney complied but eventually came back and started arguing with Bullock.
According to the arrest affidavit, the pair began fighting in the yard after Stepney allegedly punched the victim.
Witnesses told officers that Stepney had a knife and was attempting to stab the victim. That’s when Bullock’s mother, Diane Range, came out with a baseball bat and started swinging at Stepney.
“He was trying to kill my son,” said Range.
Bullock suffered minor cuts from the fight and Stepney was able to walk away.
“I was just trying to pay it forward by helping him out,” said Bullock. “Instead I got a lot of cuts and hurt feelings.”
Stepney is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.