A San Diego State student says she was robbed by two men in a parking garage on campus – an incident that is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
The two men, both in their 20s, grabbed the woman’s purse and backpack after saying ethnically disparaging and political statements on Wednesday. The woman was wearing traditional Muslim clothing, including a hijab, reports the Union Tribune.
“They were saying things like, ‘Now that Trump is president get ready to start fleeing.’ They proceeded to push her around and she wrestled with them,” Alisha Sharif, a friend of the victim, told Fox 5.
The woman left the area to alert police. When she returned, her car was stolen.
The case is being investigated as a suspected hate crime as well as a strong-arm robbery and auto theft.
SDSU President,Elliot Hirshman, released the following statement:
“We condemn this hateful act and urge all members of our community to join us in condemning such hateful acts. Hate crimes are destructive to the spirit of our campus and we urge all members of our community to stand together in rejecting hate.”