BY Carol Kuruvilla – NYDailyNews.com
Jonathan Deuel is facing ethnic intimidation, assault and battery charges after the alleged attack against a Muslim woman outside a Meridian Township mall. Deuel and two other assailants reportedly tried to pull off the woman’s niqab and abaya — the traditional veil and cloak.
A Michigan man is facing jail time for an alleged assault against a Muslim mom.
Jonathan Patrick Deuel, 29, was charged with ethnic intimidation and misdemeanor assault and battery on Thursday for what Muslim activists are calling a “hate crime.”
The July 19 attack came as the woman and her family were enjoying a day at a Meridian Township mall. 26-year-old woman was walking to her car with her 5-year-old daughter when a group of three — two men and one woman — surrounded her. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the attackers attempted to pull off the woman’s niqab and abaya — the traditional veil and cloak that some Muslim women wear in public.
The woman was allegedly knocked to the ground while her attackers shouted slurs and cursed at her. The assailants fled after the woman’s husband heard her cries and rushed to the scene.
The mom was hospitalized for 36 hours, complaining of chest pain and a numbness in her left arm.
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