NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Muslim cabbie charged with assault and attempted homicide after allegedly trying to run down two fares after an argument over religion will be in court Thursday.
Ibrahim Sheikhamed is due in Nashville and Davidson County criminal court at 9 a.m. ET. His case is supposed to be reviewed by a judge, but the district attorney's office told FOX News the hearing likely will be continued to another date.
Sheikhamed is also being charged with theft, since the license plate on his cab was listed as stolen.
Sheikhamed, a 37-year-old Sunni Muslim from Somalia, tried to run over two men near Vanderbilt University early Sunday morning after getting into an argument over religion, police said. One of the fares was Protestant, while the other was Catholic.
Ahmed picked up the two fares — two men visiting Nashville from Ohio — near the Vanderbilt campus, according to the incident report. After the argument, Ahmed allegedly tried to run his cab over the two men; he struck one of them, according to the incident report.
One of the students, identified as Jeremy Invus, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with critical injuries. The other passenger, Andrew Nelson, avoided the cab.
It was first believed that Sheikhamed worked for United Cab Co., but owner Roderick Brown told FOX News on Tuesday that he was not an employee and was fired last year after a high-speed chase with Nashville police.
Brown thinks Sheikhamed, who teaches English as a second language next door, took the keys to the cab, stole the vehicle, put stolen tags on it, and was pocketing the fares for an unknown period of time.
Steve Patsfall, the attorney who said he is representing Invus, told FOX News that while he has not yet spoken to his client directly, he is aware that Invus is still in a lot of pain after enduring several very serious injuries. Invus is also facing several months of recovery before he will be able to bear full weight on his injured leg, Patsfall said.
Patsfall also added that both Invus and Andy Nelson are from solid backgrounds and part of prominent families in Cincinnati. Both are planning to cooperate fully with whatever investigation the local police department and prosecuting attorney's office undertake. The two men at this point are holding off on any civil action to allow the criminal justice system in Nashville to work, Patsfall said.
Patsfall stated he was not aware exactly what Invus was doing for a living but knew that he was a recent Butler University graduate. Nelson, he said, is also out of college and working in Evansville, Ind.
FOX News' Sharon Fain, Kip Grosenick and Marianne Silber contributed to this report.