By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - It's a story you will only find on Fox 42 News.
Two women get into a fight on an Omaha bus. Police say one takes it too far, threatening the others life.
Detectives tell Fox 42 they need the publics help identifying the attacker.
The victim says she got on the city bus at 16th and Farnam, a few minutes later another woman got on the bus and started asking other riders if they were part of a gang. She says she felt extremely uncomfortable, so she asked the woman to stop. That's when things got heated. She tells me the woman threatened to kill her and she was afraid for her life.
"Whatchu gonna do...whatchu gonna do...whatchu gonna do...you going to get cut the (bleep) up!"
"She said she was not speaking to me. Referred to me as a female dog several times, also threatened to kill me, said that she would kill me, said that she would cut me and started to take an object out of her purse and it was alarming," Jodi Brown said.
"It just really was scary. When somebody threatens to kill you and you don't know who they are and you're on the bus and you know freak accidents happen...what is the bus driver to do at that point?"
The bus driver tried to intervene, but it didn't matter, the suspect was ready for a fight. She got out of her seat. That's when the man next to her tried to calm her down, but that only made things worse. As she approaches Brown she threatens to kill her. "(bleep) what you gonna do? I'll kill your mother (bleep bleep bleep)."
Initially officers said they were going to charge the woman with misdemeanor assault; however because of the racial slang she used to threaten the woman, they're now investigating a possible hate crime. "Anytime you target somebody because of their race and make racial statements against them, that by federal law can be enhanced to a hate crime," Omaha police Officer James Shade said.
"It was nerve wracking to just be pointed out that day. She kept proclaiming it was her birthday and she turned it racial. She made it a black and white issue," Brown said.
Officials with metro area transit said they are working with the Omaha police department to identify this woman, however if you know who she is, contact detectives immediately. You can even remain anonymous.
In the state of Nebraska, a hate crime is considered a felony.
Police say if you have any information about this attack, call Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP.
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