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US boy arrested over trying to remove woman’s scarf


A teenage Indiana University student was apprehended over harassing a scarf-wearing Muslim woman, throwing racist remarks and attempting to remove her headscarf.


Police said the identified woman was dinning in the outdoor seating area of a restaurant along with her 9-year-old-daughter when Triceten Bickford, a 19-year-old boy came near her.

As stated the woman, the boy was yelling things like ‘white power,’ and ‘kill the police’ and other such offensive remarks about non-white people. She said that the boy squeezed her neck afterwards and began forcing her head down toward a table, and trove to tear the scarf she was wearing.


it was revealed later the Bickford’s blood alcohol content was 0.195, and he has been charged with intimidation, public intoxication, two counts of misdemeanour battery, one count of felony-level battery, strangulation and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.

However, the boy was able to seek ‘release on bond’ from Monroe County Jail after he submitted just $705 to get him released. Later, Bickford also rendered apology to the woman during an interview when he said:

“I’m so sorry to that woman. I have no idea who she is, but words can’t explain how much that… I’ve never hurt someone like that before.”

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