FBI opens hate crimes investigation after IU student attacked Muslim woman
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (October 18, 2015) – Bloomington Police arrested an Indiana University student on several charges after he allegedly attacked a Muslim woman. Witnesses say the assault was racially-motivated.
Police were called to the Sofra Café in the 300 block of South Walnut Street Saturday evening around 7:35 p.m. on a report of an assault.
According to Bloomington Police, a Muslim woman was sitting at the café with her 9-year-old daughter when a man began shouting derogatory phrases and ethnic slurs at the woman.
The man, later identified as Triceten Bickford, 19, allegedly shouted “white power” and “kill them all.”
Bickford then grabbed the woman by her neck and slammed her head into the table. He then attempted to remove the woman’s headscarf.
The woman’s husband saw what was going on and he rushed to her aid along with another man.
They successfully pinned Bickford to the ground and waited for police to arrive. While they were waiting, Bickford spit into the men’s faces and continued making threats.
When police took Bickford into custody and placed him into the patrol car, he kicked at the windows.
When officers arrived at the Monroe County Jail with Bickford, he bit an officer in the lower leg. Officers administered a BAC test and his BAC was 0.195.
Bickford faces the following preliminary charges:
- One count of intimidation
- One count of public intoxication
- Two counts of misdemeanor battery
- One count of felony-level battery
- One count minor consumption of alcohol
- One count strangulation
Bickford’s bond was set at $2,000 surety, $500 cash.
Bickford was a student at IU at the time of the incident, but spokesperson Mark Land told FOX59 on Tuesday that Tricetin Bickford had been dismissed and he is no longer a student at the university.
Additionally on Tuesday, the FBI officially opened up a hate crimes investigation into the case.