Returning home after prayers, a Muslim woman was attacked in the wee hours of the morning on Monday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and the fifth-largest city in the Midwestern United States.
According to a report published in FOX6, Milwaukee police tell FOX6 News they are investigating the crime that occurred near South 13th and Layton. The incident happened Monday morning, April 10th around 6:00 a.m. -- and the victim was just released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.
The details of the crime have some in the Islamic community saying it was a hate crime.
FOX6 News reported ….
"I said to myself, 'I am going to die today for sure.' So he gets up from the car and told me to come here," said the woman who was attacked.
The woman, who does not want her identity to be shared, said a car pulled up alongside her.
"And one man came from a car," she said.
That man wanted only one thing: to remove the woman's hijab, or head scarf.
"He said to take my hijab, my scarf. I tried to fight him. 'Don't take my hijab,' you know? So he threw me on the floor then he beat me like an animal," said the victim.
Islamic community considers the attack a hate crime
The Islamic community of Milwaukee considers the attack a hate crime.
Munjed Ahmad, an attorney and a member of the Islamic community, spoke to FOX6 about the community’s fears, adding that they were considering increasing security measures. “Certainly we’re scared for our community members. As an Islamic community, we want to make sure our community is always safe. The initial reaction is shock,” he said.
“Nothing was stolen. There was no robbery. Her valuables remain with her. The only motive we can think of — because everything stayed with her and this individual went straight for her scarf is a hate crime,” Ahmad added.
The local police told the news channel that the incident was under investigation but there is no suspect in custody at present.
The attacker was able to pull the scarf off. Blood stains remained on it Tuesday: