On Saturday, 24-year-old Khalid Bilal began yelling “Allah Akbar” at police officers inside a Goodwill store in Muncie, Indiana, after having caused a commotion with employees.
Bilal first entered the thrift store and began confronting workers.
“A guy had become very irate and was screaming at one of the employees … and then grabbed him by the collar and started pushing him and screaming, ‘Are you scared?’” said Chasity Fraley, a Goodwill customer who told reporting media that she was scared for her life. “He was just so full of rage and violence. I never seen anything like that before.”
Fraley, who was with her children at the time, described the unfolding incident between Bilal and a female employee to 24-Hour News 8:
“We moved to a different aisle so I could take my kids away from the situation because they got very scared at that point … and then I heard him say, ‘I’m going to kill everyone in here.’
“With [the employee], she kinda used a softer tone with him at first: ‘Let’s talk about this, what’s the matter can we take it outside.’
“He violently grabbed her around the neck and, just, was punching and whatever he could [do] to her. A bunch of employees came out to keep him away from customers.”
Reportedly, Bilal was attempting to convert an employee to Islam before the police arrived on the scene.
When area police arrived on the scene to detain Bilal, he resisted and attempted to break one officer’s hand.
Cops resorted to tasing Bilal in order to place handcuffs on him. According to customers inside the store, Bilal repeatedly shouted “Allah Akbar” while fighting with the officers.
Bilal was taken to an area hospital, where he struck an attending officer three times and was forced to be restrained. He is now being charged with battery on police, resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, battery with injury, intimidation, and strangulation.
Goodwill released a formal statement on the matter:
“Because of the actions of Goodwill store management and the Muncie police no one was injured. It is now a police matter and Goodwill is cooperating. Safety of our customers and our employees is a top priority of Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana.”