Attack on teenage Syrian refugee being investigated as a hate crime
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 17-year-old Syrian refugee was attacked on a trolley in San Diego on Tuesday, and police are investigating the beating as a hate crime, officials said.
The teenager was FaceTiming with a friend when a man allegedly attacked him on the MTS Orange trolley line near Encanto because of his ethnicity.
A man approached the teen while he was returning home from school and asked if the boy was Mexican. After the teen explained that he was Arab, the man “violently” attacked the teen while making anti-Arab and Islamophobic statements, authorities said.
He suffered an injury to his face and eye.
The suspect was in his 20s, had a goatee and was wearing a gray shirt and black shorts. He was last seen getting off the trolley at the 62nd Street station in the community of Encanto.