Times Square Man Hits Hijab-Wearing Woman With Sign, Calls Her a "Fucking Terrorist"

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Ah, Times Square. That place has everything--Broadway shows, naked body painting, anti-Semitic Elmo.

This weekend, it was also the site of an ugly race-based attack. An unidentified man was captured on video swearing at Times Square demonstrators, including a woman wearing a hijab, whom he called a "fucking terrorist" before hurling a sign at her.

"Are you out of your mind?" the woman, Rachel Gunnoe, is heard starting to say before the man charges toward her. He was quickly handcuffed by two NYPD officers, but it remains unclear whether the man will face any charges.

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The demonstrators were in Times Square to protest the military coup in Egypt.

Gunnoe, at stay-at-home mom from New Jersey, tells the Voice it started when the man shoved a group of children as he was exiting the subway. "The first three kids he pushed out of the way, and [then he] ran up and started screaming, and I started screaming to the police, who were behind him, 'He just pushed these kids out of the way.'"

At that point, the man turned his attention on her. "I was holding a sign that said 'Mr. Obama it is a military coup,' and he took the sign out of my hands and he threw it and said that I'm an effing terrorist," Gunnoe says. The sign hit her square in the nose. "Thank God I wear glasses, 'cause it probably would have hit my eye."

Gunnoe says she told officers at the scene she wanted to press charges, and was told that she did not need to give a statement because the officers witnessed the attack.

On the next page, video of the assault


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