SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- The Bay Area Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says hate crimes are on the rise and now, a Sunnyvale man is asking the FBI to investigate an attack on him.
The man is Muslim-American and says that on Friday, he was beaten by two teenagers who called him a terrorist.
"There's no doubt about it. It was a hate crime," he told ABC7.
He says he was assaulted by the teenagers around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon as he stood on Sycamore Terrace, just off El Camino Real. He was waiting for a ride and was wearing a small cap and had a Koran in his hands.
"Two youths came up to me and asked me if I was Jewish and I said, 'No, I'm Muslim,' and they said, 'Oh, so you're a terrorist,' and I go, 'No, I'm not a terrorist,'" he recalled. "And, they go, 'No, you're a terrorist.' And, they turned like they were walking away and all of sudden they just turned around and started punching me."
The man says he suffered cuts and bruises on his face and fears now for his safety. (More)