News and Document archive source
copyrighted material disclaimer at bottom of page

NewsMinewar-on-terrorunited-statesanti-muslim — Viewing Item


3 accused beating man muslim { June 26 2003 }

Original Source Link: (May no longer be active)
   http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-delivery26jun26,1,5805431.story?coll=la-headlines-nation-manual

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-delivery26jun26,1,5805431.story?coll=la-headlines-nation-manual

THE NATION
3 Accused of Beating Man, Believing He Was a Muslim
From Associated Press

June 26, 2003

BOSTON Police arrested three men accused of hogtying, beating and stabbing a pizza delivery man because they mistakenly believed he was Muslim.

Saurabh Bhalerao, 24, was attacked late Sunday while delivering pizza in New Bedford, about 60 miles south of Boston.

The suspects originally intended to rob Bhalerao, but escalated the assault because they believed he was Muslim, said Fairhaven Police Chief Gary F. Souza.

The attacks continued as Bhalerao, a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, explained that he was Hindu.

"He pleaded with his attackers," Souza said. "They were using disparaging remarks and telling him he should go back to Iraq."

The suspects put the victim into the trunk of his own car and, during the drive to the neighboring town of Fairhaven, Bhalerao managed to loosen his ropes.

When the vehicle stopped he got out and hit one of his assailants with a hammer. The assailant then stabbed Bhalerao before fleeing, police said.

Bhalerao was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Wednesday night.

The suspects face various charges, including armed assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and hate-crime and civil rights violations. All three have pleaded not guilty and were being held in lieu of bail.

Police were searching for a fourth suspect.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called for a federal investigation.


If you want other stories on this topic, search the Archives at latimes.com/archives.
Click here for article licensing and reprint options


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



florida-scare
2001 rampage leads to death sentence { October 10 2003 }
3 accused beating man muslim { June 26 2003 }
911 muslim hate crimes { September 11 2001 }
Albanian muslims cheer bush and america { June 11 2007 }
Americans views of islam warming { July 26 2005 }
Anti muslim incidents in florida increase in 2004 { May 12 2005 }
Anti muslim rage beats hindu pizza driver { July 23 2003 }
Arab american comedians featured on comedy show
Blacks convert to islam after 911
Bomb mosques { August 25 2002 }
Bush protested by christians but cheered by muslims { June 12 2007 }
Christian god bigger than allah
College football players attack palestinians
Cure 4 terrorism on tank barrel { July 14 2003 }
Dutch muslims dismayed by anti islamic backlash
Explosion at muslim school linked filmmaker death
French driver targets pedestrian mistaken for binladen
Grenade husband blame terrorists { June 6 2003 }
Man kills afghan friend after 911 { April 2 2003 }
Man sentenced driving into mosque { May 20 2003 }
Many americans fear and distrust muslims
Muslim fear in america as bad as after 911 { November 2006 }
Muslim hate crimes
Muslims face islamophobia across EU
Muslims facing scrutiny distrust in britain { November 4 2006 }
School bus burns outside virginia mosque { April 6 2003 }
Soldiers use dehumanizing name hajji { September 30 2003 }
Terror suspect says islam forbids killing civilians { April 16 2007 }
Vandals bomb ohio mosque { November 2005 }
Virginia man opensfire

Files Listed: 30



Correction/submissions

CIA FOIA Archive

National Security
Archives
Support one-state solution for Israel and Palestine Tea Party bumper stickers JFK for Dummies, The Assassination made simple