Bloomington man attacked Muslim woman at cafe, police say

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By: Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A 19-year-old Bloomington man has been arrested in what witnesses described as a racially motivated attack on a Muslim woman.

A Bloomington police report says officers responded to reports of an assault at Sofra Cafe around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The report says a 47-year-old woman was sitting at a table when a man, later identified as Triceten Bickford, shouted epithets and racially charged threats at her and grabbed her by the neck.

Bickford allegedly yelled “white power” and “kill them all” before the attack, FOX 59 reported.

According to the report, the woman’s husband and a passerby were able to pull the suspect off of her. She declined medical treatment.

The (Bloomington) Herald-Times reports Bickford was arrested on preliminary charges of intimidation, public intoxication, battery, minor possession or consumption of alcohol, and strangulation.

Indiana University spokesman Mark Land says the suspect is listed as a student there in an online directory.