NY: HATE CRIME CHARGED IN THREAT TO MUSLIM

A 17-year-old male charged late Friday with a hate crime is accused of threatening to sexually assault a Muslim woman who at the Amherst Metro Rail station, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police said.

Darelle Drayton of East Depew Avenue is charged with felony aggravated harassment and criminal trespass. The woman was confronted shortly before 9 p.m. at the Metro Station and outside Parker Mosque at Amherst Street and Parker Avenue. The hate crime statute escalates the harassment charge from a misdemeanor to a felony, police said.

Drayton, accused of harassing the woman as she entered the station, told the woman, “You are not allowed to talk to me because of your religion,” according to the police report.

 

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