A New York woman has been charged with a hate crime after she allegedly screamed and attacked two Muslim women as they pushed their babies in strollers.
Emirjeta Xhelili, 32, yelled at the two women, aged 23 and 24, to ‘Get the f*** out of America, b*****s’ before punching one of them in the face on Thursday, police said.
Xhelili, who calls herself Mary Magadalene on Facebook, also allegedly kicked the women in the legs and tried to rip their hijabs off their head.
‘This is America, you shouldn’t be different from us,’ she allegedly yelled during her attack on the woman around 1.30pm near her Brooklyn home.
She also attempted to knock over one of the woman’s strollers, which was carrying a 15-month-old baby, prosecutors said.
Neither of the victims or their children were hurt in the attack.
‘She didn’t even care for the well-being of a baby – that’s how serious this hate crime is,’ Assistant District Attorney Kelli Muse said, according to the New York Daily News.
Xhelili was arrested a half hour later, when one of the victims identified her to police.
Muse said Xhelili continued to taunt the victims, telling them: ‘You don’t belong here. Get the f**k out of here.’
Xhelili, who works at a Kosher Italian restaurant, has been charged with misdemeanor assault as a hate crime and is being held on $50,000 bond.
The judge also issued an order of protection banning her from contacting either of the victims or their children.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail