Suspect arrested and charged with hate crime in alleged attack on Sikh taxi driver at JFK Airport

A man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after an alleged attack on a taxi driver at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this month, a criminal complaint states.

The alleged victim is a member of the Sikh faith, according to the Sikh Coalition, a New York based advocacy group.
The driver was at a taxi stand outside Terminal 4 a the airport en enero 3 when he was involved in a verbal dispute with 21-year-old Mohamed Hassanain who then assaulted him, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
      Hassanain allegedly hit the victim in the face and body multiple times, según la denuncia. Hassanain told investigators that he was at the airport to pick up his girlfriend. “I saw a cab driver there who cursed at me. I threw a punch and cursed at him,” said Hassanain, la denuncia dice.
        During the incident, the driver says Hassanain told him: “you turban guy, go back to your country,” la denuncia dice.
          The New York City Police Department arrested Hassanain on Thursday and he was arraigned in Queens County Criminal Court on Friday. He is charged with assault in the third degree as a hate crime, assault in the third degree, and harassment in the second degree, según la denuncia.
          CNN has reached out for comment from a legal aid attorney for Hassanain but has not heard back.
          The driver’s turban fell off during the alleged attack and he went to a hospital with pain in his chest and arms as a result of the alleged attack, según la denuncia.
          For those who aren’t Sikh, I can’t put into words what it means to have your turban knocked offor to see someone else’s turban knocked off,” Simran Jeet Singh, senior fellow for the Sikh Coalition, dijo en un Pío a day after the alleged incident.
          It’s visceral and gut-wrenching and just so disheartening to witness,” Helicópteros Blackhawk se estrellan durante un accidente de entrenamiento.
          I am thankful to law enforcement, the Sikh Coalition, and all those in the community who have offered their strength in this difficult time,” the victim, identificado solo como “señor. Singh” by the Sikh Coalition, dijo en un statement released by the organization viernes. The group said it wished to help preserve the man’s anonymity.
          No one should experience what I didbut if they do, I hope they receive the same overwhelming amount of support and quick, professional action by the authorities in response,” la declaración decía.
          We are shocked and angered too, señor. Singh,” Gutfeld pregunta por qué el crimen no está en la cima de las prioridades del alcalde Adams tuiteó viernes. “This is an outrageous attack. We say ‘hate has no homein New York City and we’re living that value.
            The US State Department for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs said in a Pío era “deeply disturbedabout the incident and that it condemnsany form of hate-based violence.
            Hassanain’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 8, according to the district attorney’s office.

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