SAN MARCOS (KXAN) – The Austin Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin) condemns the reported assault of a Muslim student on the campus of Texas State University.
CAIR-Austin said the incident happened on March 31. According to CAIR, the student was approached by a man while she was jogging. The student said the man attempted “to forcibly remove the victim’s hijab or headscarf”, CAIR said.
According to the police department crime log, a hate crime was reported on April 6 in relation to a March 31 incident on Bobcat Trail. The investigation remains active, according to the crime log.
A timely university alert sent to students confirmed the incident.
The man is also accused of making derogatory statements about the victim’s “perceived national origin and religion”.
“This disturbing incident demonstrates the danger that anti-Muslim bigotry poses to American Muslims. We condemn this alleged hate crime and urge law enforcement to be quick and thorough in their investigation,” CAIR-Austin Executive Director Faizan Syed said in a statement.
According to CAIR, the man is described as being in his early twenties, has medium brown hair and a buzz cut, no facial hair and has tattoos and piercings.