Muslim Teenager Victim of Alleged Hate Crime on Queens Bus
A man reportedly threatened and spit on teenage girl Tuesday morning in what the NYPD is calling a hate crime.
The teen, whose name was not released, told WABC the man began berating her with anti-Muslim slurs shortly after she boarded an MTA bus in Flushing.
"He kept [calling me a] 'terrorist' and stuff," the girl said. "He held his fist, and said 'Do you think I'm afraid to hit you? I will kill you.'"
"He kept cursing. 'Oh, you Muslim piece of shit, you're a terrorist,'" she said, adding that he spit on her three times. "He kept spitting."
Passengers on the crowded bus reportedly refused to help. "They were laughing. What if that were your daughter? Wouldn't you stand up for her?" she said. "My body was shivering,"
Police say the suspect is a white, middle-aged man, about five foot seven inches tall. He was last seen getting off the bus near Queens College.