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Maseeh Ganjali feared he would never be able to see again after a brutal beating on Wednesday.
He’s now out of the hospital and is speaking out against his alleged attacker, fearing the suspect is on a mission to target others.
Ganjali was badly injured and went straight from the hospital to the Honolulu Police Department. He told investigators he is very afraid his attacker is targeting specific people in his religious community.
It pains Ganjali to talk about the attack that almost cost him his eyesight.
“Wrapped his hands around me, got me in a head lock, tried to poke my eye out,” Ganjali said.
He was heading to work Wednesday afternoon when he was approached by 24-year-old Jamal Morris, who asked for a ride.
Ganjali says he and Morris attended the same Muslim Mosque.
After reaching their destination, Morris jumped him.
“He called me the anti-Christ,” Ganjali said.
Bystanders called police and Morris was arrested.
“He was charged with a third-degree assault for this. Third degree is when you push someone,” Ganjali said.
It was Morris’ second run-in with police this week. On Saturday, he was arrested for threatening to set a man on fire, who Ganjali says is also a friend and member of the Muslim community.
KHON2’s Brianne Randle: “Do you think he is a danger to the community?”
Maseeh Ganjali: “I think this person is on a mission. He believes he is doing things right and has a mission and wants to fulfill that mission.”
Ganjali went to Honolulu Police with his concern, but was told his assault is being considered an isolated incident.
“He knows so and so’s favorite restaurant is here. He knows a certain person would be at the mosque at a certain time, made efforts in going after these people,” Ganjali said.
HPD declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.
Morris is being held on $1,000 bail for assaulting Ganjali, but he says that’s not enough.
“I don’t think this is something that will stop. This is serious,” Ganjali said.
Morris is also being held for contempt of court because he did not show up to his hearing for Saturday’s terroristic threatening charge.