SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Campus police at San Diego State University were on the lookout Friday for a man who assaulted a Muslim student, pushing her, tearing off her head scarf and besetting her with racist epithets.
The non-injury hate crime occurred about 1:45 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot off Zura Way, on the eastern side of the campus.
The unidentified assailant -- described as a thin, black-haired, roughly 5-foot-11-inch white man in his 20s with green or hazel eyes -- shoved and jostled the woman while making threatening and insulting remarks, according to campus police, who released an artist's sketch of the perpetrator this evening.
Carrie Hogan, a detective with the SDSU Police Department, declined to disclose a suspected motive for the crime, citing concerns about compromising the agency's investigation into the incident.
The San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that the assault stemmed from hostility about the victim's religion or ethnicity, as evidenced by the man's angry statements and the fact that he pulled off her hijab, or traditional head veil.
A CAIR statement suggested that the crime "may be related to the backlash against the American Muslim community since the recent terror attacks in Paris."
Following the attack, the man, who was wearing jeans, a gray sweater and white shoes, fled to the south toward another parking area, according to SDSU police.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.
Two of the region's largest federal enterprises, military bases and border patrol, are unlikely to face major disruptions in the event of a looming government shutdown that experts say likely is to occur at midnight.