Dunwoody, Georgia, police confirmed Tuesday they are searching for a man accused of ripping the headscarf off a Muslim girl while yelling “terrorist” at Perimeter Mall.
The 14-year-old victim, whose identity hasn’t been released, was walking with a group in the parking lot at 9:40 p.m. when the stranger approached. He fled after snatching the hijab, police said.
“Dunwoody is a very diverse community, welcoming people of all faiths. Therefore, an incident such as this one is unusual,” Police Chief Billy Grogan said in a news release. “The Dunwoody Police Department is committed to protecting our citizens and will conduct a thorough investigation.”
The police are calling the case an assault.
The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man.
“We thank local law enforcement for pledging to investigate this despicable attack, which is the latest in a wave of anti-Muslim hate crimes across the nation," Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia, said in a news release.
Mitchell said the family is shaken by the attack.
The case is the latest in a string of religiously-motivated incidents in metro Atlanta.
CAIR-Georgia urged last month for Atlanta-area mosques to up security after death threats at Lawrenceville’s Greenview Madani Center, Norcross’ Masjid Omar bin Abdul Aziz and Al-Farooq Masjid in Atlanta. But in the case of the Perimeter Mall victim, CAIR-Georgia said the family won’t press charges if the man comes forward and apologizes.
In the meantime, police want anyone who might have information on him to contact the investigator.
Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.