Witnesses in Billings, Montana were left in shock on Saturday as a 55-year-old woman drove her vehicle several times at or through a religious group demonstrating on a sidewalk, hitting and injuring one man. Genevienne Rancuret was subsequently arrested and taken into custody on charges of felony assault with a weapon, felony criminal mischief, and driving under the influence.
The incident took place as members of the group, identified by police as Israelis for Christ, were holding signs and speaking through an amplifier. The 45-year-old man who was struck suffered minor injuries, and it is reported that Rancuret was pulled over by police a few hours after the episode.
Montana police spokesperson, Lt. Matt Lennick, stated that the motive behind the incident is still unknown, and it is unclear if Rancuret has legal representation at this time. In a surprising turn of events, an update from the police revealed that the FBI is also reviewing the case, in conjunction with local prosecutors, suggesting the possibility of a bias-motivated crime.
The incident has left the community shaken, and authorities are committed to thoroughly investigating the matter. The safety and well-being of all individuals involved are of paramount importance, and measures are being taken to ensure that justice is served.