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FBI investigating possible hate crime against Muslim college student

Posted at 5:29 PM, May 02, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A man allegedly verbally and physically assaulted a Muslim student at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City in an incident the FBI is describing as a potential hate crime.

The student was walking in a stairwell in the Humanities Building on the campus around 3 p.m. on April 3. 

The student said she was walking down the stairway when an unknown male voice uttered a derogatory statement toward the woman.

When the woman turned around, she said the suspect struck her in the face, causing her to fall down the stairs.

The woman reported the incident to campus police, who notified the FBI.

In a statement, a Metropolitan Community College spokeswoman says the incident happened on a day that was part of an international campaign to "scare and encourage violence against Muslims."

The FBI said Wednesday it’s offering a reward of up to $10,000 leading to the arrest of the suspect in the attack.

Anyone with information can call the FBI at (816) 512-8200 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477.