Hate crime charged in face-biting attack after barrage of anti-Muslim slurs

A Virginian accused of biting a stranger on his face after shouting anti-Muslim slurs at the man in a shopping mall parking lot has been charged with a hate crime, police said.
The confrontation occurred late last year, but the suspected attacker wasn’t arrested until Monday, after a lengthy investigation, according to Fairfax County police officials.
Robin McGreer, 35, has been charged with bias-related malicious bodily injury, officials said.
Investigators said McGreer approached the unidentified victim outside a shopping center in McLean, Virginia, began a conversation, then began hurling anti-Muslim insults. The two men fought, and McGreer bit the man’s face before fleeing, police said.
The victim was treated at a hospital for a “significant facial wound,” according to a police statement. It wasn’t known if the injured man was Muslim.
Hate crimes are on a chilling upward trajectory in the U.S., particularly since the presidential election. The Southern Poverty Law Center has tallied more than 700 hate incidents nationally since the Nov. 8 election.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/muslim-slurs-face-biting-mclean-virg…?

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