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Police: Bloomington man attacked Muslim woman, shouted 'white power'

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Triceton Bickford (Source: AP) Triceton Bickford (Source: AP)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- A 19-year-old Bloomington man has been arrested in what witnesses described as a racially motivated attack on a Muslim woman.

The woman says 19-year-old Triceton Bickford looked like he was drunk when he walked up to her -- while she was sitting outside of a restaurant in Bloomington with her young daughter. Bickford is reportedly a student at Indiana University.

The victim says he grabbed her neck and tried pulling the scarf off of her head.

"I found him at my neck pushing me down squeezing my neck and putting my head to the table," she said. "He yelled, 'white power, white power.'"

A Bloomington police report says officers responded to reports of an assault at Sofra Cafe around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The report says a 47-year-old woman was sitting at a table when a man shouted epithets and racially charged threats at her and grabbed her by the neck.

According to the report, the woman's husband and a passerby were able to pull the man off of her. She declined medical treatment.

Bickford was arrested on preliminary charges of intimidation, public intoxication, battery, minor possession or consumption of alcohol, and strangulation.

Indiana University spokesman Mark Land says the suspect is listed as a student there in an online directory.

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