Police probe ethnic intimidation report in Ann Arbor

The Detroit News

Police in Ann Arbor are investigating a report of a female student being pushed down a hill by two men who yelled at the woman about “being in America.”

Police said the men also reportedly made reference to religion before pushing the woman.

The alleged ethnic intimidation incident, which has prompted a university crime alert Monday, occurred off campus between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday at South University and Washtenaw.

Police also are investigating a report of a man a day earlier threatening to set a University of Michigan Muslim student on fire with a lighter if she didn’t remove her hijab.

The Friday night incident happened near campus, according to a crime alert issued by the university.

A hijab is a headscarf worn by some Muslim women. The crime alert said the woman took off her hijab and left the area.

The man is described as white, between 20 and 30 years old with an average height and athletic build. He also had “bad body odor,” and “unkempt appearance” and was “intoxicated with slurred speech,” according to the crime alert.

There have been a spate of reports of threats, intimidation and racially charged violence around the country since Tuesday’s presidential election in which Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for Friday’s alleged incident to be investigated as a hate crime, saying the “alleged attack is just the latest anti-Muslim incident reported since the election of Donald Trump as president.”

Anyone with information is asked to call UM Division of Public Safety and Security at (734) 794-6939 or tips