A New York City Police Department spokesperson told Business Insider that a Muslim teenager who reported being harassed by supporters of President-elect Donald Trump on the New York City subway fabricated the story.
According to the NYPD, 18-year-old Baruch College student, Yasmin Seweid, was charged with filing a false report, and was in police custody as of Wednesday afternoon.
On December 1, on the subway around 10 p.m. three white men shouting “Donald Trump” verbally accosted her, she claims, as she was leaving a Baruch College event.
“They were surrounding me from behind and they were like, ‘Oh look, it’s an f—ing terrorist,’” Seweid said, according to CBS. “I didn’t answer. They pulled my strap of the bag and it ripped, and that’s when I turned around and I was really polite and I was like, ‘Can you please leave me alone?’ And everyone was looking, no one said a thing, everyone just looked away.”
Seweid Claimed That The Men Ripped Her Hijab
A police source said that Seweid had many opportunities to tell police the truth, but stood by her story. In order to investigate the incident, the source said that police had “dedicated a lot of resources.”
“This isn’t something we normally like to do but she had numerous opportunities to admit nothing happened and she kept sticking by her story,” the source told the Daily News.
After she left her house, Seweid was reported missing, by her father, for days and she turned up safe at a friend’s house later. As the motive for making up the harassment story, she cited “family problems.”
“You try to raise your children as best you can,” Seweid’s father, Sayeed told DNAinfo. “Maybe she was afraid that night. She was running late.”
With reporting a false incident in 2012, Seweid’s older brother Abdoul, was also charged. According to reports, he claimed that a friend was assaulted by “three unknown males.”
Apparently, she thought it would work again.
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