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Times Square Man Hits Hijab-Wearing Woman With Sign, Calls Her a "Fucking Terrorist"

Ah, Times Square. That place has everything--Broadway shows, naked body painting, anti-Semitic Elmo.

This weekend, it was also the site of an ugly race-based attack. An unidentified man was captured on video swearing at Times Square demonstrators, including a woman wearing a hijab, whom he called a "fucking terrorist" before hurling a sign at her.

"Are you out of your mind?" the woman, Rachel Gunnoe, is heard starting to say before the man charges toward her. He was quickly handcuffed by two NYPD officers, but it remains unclear whether the man will face any charges.

See Also: Man Who Attacked Hijab-Wearing Woman In Times Square Released With Just A Ticket The demonstrators were in Times Square to protest the military coup in Egypt.

Gunnoe, at stay-at-home mom from New Jersey, tells the Voice it started when the man shoved a group of children as he was exiting the subway. "The first three kids he pushed out of the way, and [then he] ran up and started screaming, and I started screaming to the police, who were behind him, 'He just pushed these kids out of the way.'"

At that point, the man turned his attention on her. "I was holding a sign that said 'Mr. Obama it is a military coup,' and he took the sign out of my hands and he threw it and said that I'm an effing terrorist," Gunnoe says. The sign hit her square in the nose. "Thank God I wear glasses, 'cause it probably would have hit my eye."

Gunnoe says she told officers at the scene she wanted to press charges, and was told that she did not need to give a statement because the officers witnessed the attack.

On the next page, video of the assault 

On Sunday, a spokesperson for the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which posted the video to YouTube, said the organization was communicating with the NYPD about the incident.

"Any American should be able to engage in peaceful protest without fear of assault or intimidation based on that person's religion, ethnicity or national origin," CAIR-NY's Operations Coordinator Sadyia Khalique said in a statement. "We urge that appropriate charges be brought against the alleged assailant."

Whether their appeals will be heard remains unclear. In the video, the man is detained by police officers, but a spokesperson for the NYPD contacted Sunday was not aware of the incident, and said there was no record of any arrests for assault made in that location--West 41st Street and Seventh Avenue--on Saturday.

"I don't want this to fall through the cracks," Gunnoe says. "You know if the shoe was on the other foot and it had been the Egyptian Christians protesting for the military coup, and a Muslim man came and pushed the children out of the way, and did this to a woman, they would have been arrested. It would have been all over the news that a Muslim man did this.

"It's not right," she says.

Send story tips to the author, Tessa Stuart


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