Expelled Indiana University student charged in attack on Muslim woman due in court Friday morning

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A 19-year-old former Indiana University student is due in court to hear charges against him alleging he shouted racial slurs at a Muslim woman and tried to remove her headscarf.

Triceten Bickford of Fort Wayne is scheduled to appear in Monroe Circuit Court on Friday to face multiple felony charges including intimidation, strangulation and battery.

A probable cause affidavit says the 47-year-old Muslim woman was sitting at a table at a Turkish cafe Saturday with her 9-year-old daughter when a man later identified as Bickford emerged from a nearby alley shouting “white power,” anti-black racial slurs and “kill the police.” Police say he grabbed the woman by the neck, forced her head forward and tried to remove her headscarf.

Indiana University expelled Bickford following reports of the attack.

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