The alleged attack
took place during a discussion of religion
reports the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. A police report of the incident quotes the suspect as saying, "Muslims are the root of the problem."
52, has been charged with aggravated battery hate crime. He was release on a surety bond on Saturday.
CAIR-Tampa Communications Director Ramzy Kilic spoke out on the crime saying in a press release, "Elected officials in Florida and nationwide must begin to address the rising level of Islamophobia in our society that can lead to violent incidents or acts of discrimination targeting ordinary Muslims."