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UNC 'Pit' Attack Suspect Lashes out in Court

Posted March 5, 2007

— A man accused of driving a sport utility vehicle through a crowd of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be placed at Dorothea Dix Hospital after he made disparaging remarks in court Monday.

During the hearing, Mohammed Taheri-azar, 23, yelled that he "hates all Americans" and "hates all Jews."

Taheri-azar then looked at Superior Court Judge Ken Titus and asked him what his name was and then asked him to spell it. Taheri-azar then looked at his attorney and said, "I don't know him."

Taheri-azar also called his attorney "a moron" and said "hasta luego," before he was removed from the courtroom.

Titus ordered that Taheri-azar be sent to the hospital to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. That evaluation could take anywhere from 28 to 60 days.

"I think that the behavior you witnessed was the behavior of a severely disturbed and mentally ill person," said James Williams, Taheri-Azar's attorney.

Taheri-Azar was seen making obscene gestures and yelling profanities before entering the Orange County Courthouse. He was supposed to appear before the judge regarding letters he wrote within the past two weeks to Judge Carl Fox.

The content of the dozen letters is not known, and the judge ordered them sealed.

Authorities said Taheri-azar, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, admitted to driving his vehicle into nine people on the campus in a gathering area known as "The Pit" on March 3, 2006. No one was seriously injured. Taheri-azar said he did it to avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world.

In January, Taheri-azar pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges. He was scheduled to go to court later in this month to begin pre-trial motions.

Before being taken to Dorothea Dix, Taheri-azar was being held at Central Prison in Raleigh under a $5.5 million bond.


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  • jdmeg Mar 5, 2007

    There is soooo much racism that goes on at this site its unbelievable.... I HATE people like this....

  • codysmama Mar 5, 2007

    i say drop his stupid butt off in iraq----let's see how much he hates america after that!

  • WWJGD Mar 5, 2007

    This guy is Arabic? He sounds like some backwoods, hick from Garner.

  • fustigator69 Mar 5, 2007

    He's your garden variety muslim terrorist,he should be executed by firing squad

  • RedStatesManWatts Mar 5, 2007

    Now come on you people. Don't support the President, the troops, the troop surge, the war against terrorism so that we can have more like this guy in our nation doing what they only have known to do all their life and that is kill! Support Pelosi and her Congress so that we can live in fear daily. WAKE UP IDIOTS! THERE HAS GOT TO BE AN OAK TREE TALL ENOUGH SOMEWHERE AROUND HERE!

  • mvnull Mar 5, 2007

    "he is your typical muslim, kill anyone that does not believe like you. that religon breeds hate." Given the representation of Christians on this forum, I'd be forced to say the same thing about Christianity.

  • jgriffith3792 Mar 5, 2007

    C'mon folks, this guy is not mentally ill. Watch him. He knows what to say and when to say it. The guy on Franklin street, the name is escaping me right now, had a history of mental illness that was well documented.

    I actually read some of the letters Tahar wrote when he was first arrested. He was very well spoken and made it very clear what he was all about. All this today is an act. He knows that he in trouble and ben laden is not going to post his bail or come break him out. He's now freakin cuz he does not want to be bubba's prom date at central-pen next year.

  • perry Mar 5, 2007


    why don't you leave?

  • truth Mar 5, 2007

    Holy crap that was funny what was just posted "make him eat bacon". LOL, that hurt my stomach laughing! I personally think he needs he head bashed in with a baseball bat. But, our legal system will have him free shortly, but you never know, besides, he will eventually get what he deserves. He better shape up and realize that allah does NOT exist, only Jesus Christ, get it right scooter!

  • danman Mar 5, 2007

    Just wait till they send him to prison. They will get his a@# there for his smart comments!