The FBI is investigating an incident in which a 19-year-old Indiana University student shouted racial slurs and tried to remove the head scarf of a Muslim woman as a potential hate crime.Hate crime: Triceten Bickford assaults Muslim woman, tries to rip off headscarf | Examiner.com
FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne said Thursday that there is no deadline for concluding the investigation into Saturday's incident in Bloomington, Indiana. She said the FBI became aware of the incident Monday and started the investigation Tuesday.
Triceten Bickford of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has already been charged with multiple felonies, including intimidation, strangulation and battery, for his attack on a 47-year-old woman outside a Turkish cafe in Bloomington.
Triceten Bickford, a 19-year-old Indiana University student, has been charged with a hate crime assault on a Muslim woman. Federal authorities Officials said Bickford was shouting “white power,” racial slurs and “kill the police” while assaulting a 48-year-old Muslim woman and attempting to rip off her hijab while she sat eating outside at a cafe with her family.
According to The Associated Press, as carried by the US News and World Report on Oct. 22, the Fort Wayne, Indiana teen “has been charged with multiple felony charges, including intimidation, strangulation and battery…According to a probable cause affidavit, the Muslim woman was sitting at a table with her 9-year-old daughter when a man later identified as Bickford emerged from a nearby alley.”
The AP report stated that “Bickford grabbed the woman by the neck and forced her head forward, restricting her breathing as he tried to remove her headscarf.” He has since been expelled from the University of Indiana. He is scheduled to appear in Monroe County court Friday.