The national board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Friday announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who assaulted a female Muslim student at Baylor University on April 1.
The Dallas-Fort Worth office of the Washington-based advocacy group called for increased efforts to promote racial and religious tolerance.
“We ask anyone with information about this case to come forward and help bring the perpetrator to justice,” said Mustaffa Carroll, a CAIR-DFW board member who took part in a Friday morning news conference at the Islamic center of Waco.
Pakistani-American senior Nohayia Javed said she was attacked while walking through the university’s campus. Her assailant also reportedly used racist and anti-Muslim slurs, which prompted the FBI to get involved in the investigation.
Rene Salinas, the San Antonio-based FBI agent who is in charge of the case, said the preliminary investigation into the allegations of a hate crime continues. The offer of a reward will be beneficial to the case, he added, in generating tips from those who may have witnessed something that could lead to the prosecution of Javed’s alleged attacker.