A Moroccan immigrant was being held on suspicion of murder by Long Beach police for allegedly attacking his former wife in a crowded shopping mall dining area, stabbing her numerous times before slitting her throat and nearly decapitating her.
The man, Ahmed Amarir, 43, claimed that he was acting in accordance with Islamic law when he made the alleged attack.
More than 150 people were in the dining area of Long Beach Plaza Friday afternoon when Amarir confronted Malika Amarir, 32, to seek a reconciliation, Sgt. Terry Walton said.
When the woman refused, Amarir, who was dressed entirely in black, began beating her and stabbing her in the chest and throat with a seven-inch ceremonial knife. Horrified shoppers tried to stop the attack, Walton said, but Amarir threatened them with the knife and continued stabbing the woman.