The Associated Press has some hateful news to report: A woman in New York City attacked two Muslim women who were walking with their children this past Thursday.
The woman, identified as Emirjeta Xhelili, a resident of Brooklyn, tried to tear off the hijab one of the women was wearing, punched one of the women in the head and yelled at her to leave America. Xhelili allegedly screamed, "This is America! You're not supposed to be different from us!"
CNN reports Xhelili tried to steal away one of the women’s strollers—with her child still sitting inside it—and pushed the other woman’s stroller down onto the ground. Neither the women nor the children were seriously injured.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office is treating this incident as a hate crime, charging Xhelili with assault, menacing and endangering the welfare of a child. The New York Daily News reports that this is Xhelili’s first arrest. She is being held on $25,000 bail.