BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The FBI has opened a hate crime investigation into an attack on a Muslim woman in which police say a 19-year-old college student shouted racial slurs and tried to remove her headscarf.
FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne tells The Herald-Times there is no deadline for concluding the investigation into Saturday's incident in Bloomington, Indiana.
Bloomington police say Triceten Bickford of Fort Wayne, Indiana, assaulted the 47-year-old woman outside a Turkish cafe.
Witnesses say Bickford shouted "white power," ''kill the police" and an anti-black racial slur. He's also accused of trying to remove her headscarf and restricting her breathing.
Indiana University expelled Bickford following reports of the attack.
Bickford is scheduled to appear in court Friday on felony charges of strangulation, intimidation, battery on a police officer, and misdemeanor charges.
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Indiana University student attacks muslim woman (Triceten D. Bickford)
FBI opens hate crime probe in Indiana attack on Muslim woman
This undated photo provided by the Bloomington Police Department shows 19-year-old Triceten D. Bickford, an Indiana University student who faces multiple felony charges including intimidation, strangulation and battery in the Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, attack on a Muslim woman in a cafe in Bloomington, Ind. (Bloomington Police Department via AP)
Based on the allegations, we call on the Bloomington Police to investigate Triceten Bickford's attack on a Muslim woman as a hate crime.
IU student Triceten Bickford has been arrested on charges of strangulation, battery and intimidation against a Muslim woman. Story to come
In odd twist, IU student who attacked Muslim woman & yelled "white power" is a Sanders fan https://t.co/Wr22oCQ9vA https://t.co/T6PTnfqaVh
Triceten Bickford is everything i'm afraid of, a person who claims to be a feminist and anti-racist, but only does it for social media.
interesting.. if you stalk Triceten Bickford on Facebook, his racially motivated assault seems counterintuitive.. he's like super pro Bernie