Hassanain allegedly hit the sufferer within the face and physique a number of instances, based on the criticism. Hassanain informed investigators that he was on the airport to choose up his girlfriend. “I noticed a cab driver there who cursed at me. I threw a punch and cursed at him,” stated Hassanain, the criticism states.
In the course of the incident, the driving force says Hassanain informed him: “you turban man, return to your nation,” the criticism states.
The New York Metropolis Police Division arrested Hassanain on Thursday and he was arraigned in Queens County Felony Court docket on Friday. He’s charged with assault within the third diploma as a hate crime, assault within the third diploma, and harassment within the second diploma, based on the criticism.
CNN has reached out for remark from a authorized support lawyer for Hassanain however has not heard again.
The motive force’s turban fell off in the course of the alleged assault and he went to a hospital with ache in his chest and arms on account of the alleged assault, based on the criticism.
“It is visceral and gut-wrenching and simply so disheartening to witness,” the tweet stated.
“Nobody ought to expertise what I did — but when they do, I hope they obtain the identical overwhelming quantity of help and fast, skilled motion by the authorities in response,” the assertion stated.
Hassanain’s subsequent courtroom look is scheduled for March 8, based on the district lawyer’s workplace.
CNN’s Liam Reilly, Laura Ly and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.