UPDATE: Stabbing suspect sentenced in Roanoke County

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UPDATE (1/23/18 5:00 PM) – According to online court records, Wasil Farooqui has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for two malicious wounding charges.

He faced 25 years for each charge, for a total of 50 years, but each charge was suspended after 8 years.

Farooqui also faces 15 years probation and $35 thousand in restitution for the first person stabbed and $18 thousand for the second person.

Both stabbing victims survived.

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A search warrant has revealed new details in the Saturday stabbing that injured two people in Roanoke County, including the suspect’s account of the events leading up to and following the attack. 

Police have searched the Roanoke County home of 20-year-old Wasil Farooqui, who witnesses told police yelled “Allah Akbar” as he stabbed two people at the Pines Apartments.

“In Roanoke County particularly, we have a very low violent crime rate,” said Chuck Mason, Roanoke County assistant police chief. “So for the county police, this was a fairly unusual incident.”

The FBI is also investigating the incident, specifically regarding whether or not the crime is linked to terrorism, Mason said.

According to the search warrant, Farooqui told investigators he left his Pelham Drive home to clear his head, taking a knife from the kitchen with him.

He told detectives he heard voices telling him he was stupid and encouraging him to attack someone. That’s when he noticed two people he had never met leaving the pool at the Pines Apartments and then stabbed them both several times.

Farooqui told police that after the attack, he went to his father’s tobacco store in the Grandin Village area. and his father then took him to the hospital due to his injuries sustained in the attack.

“As it turned out, it was the same emergency room that the two victims had been transported to where our officers were now arriving,” Mason said. 

The search warrant reveals police seized a note and two notebooks from the Farooqui’s home. Investigators are now taking a closer look at a laptop seized from a search of Farooqui’s car, Mason said.

“Our detectives are simply putting together the information that they have got, completing the examinations of the evidence that has been recovered,” he said. “They’ll be preparing a case to present to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.”

No one answered the door at Farooqui’s home Wednesday evening.

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