Former Indiana student arrested in attack on Muslim woman waives initial hearing
A 19-year-old former Indiana University student facing charges for an attack against a Muslim woman waived his initial hearing Friday.
Triceten Bickford was due in court to hear charges against him alleging he shouted racial slurs at a Muslim woman and tried to remove her headscarf.
He faces multiple felony charges including intimidation, strangulation and battery,
A probable cause affidavit says the 47-year-old Muslim woman was sitting at a table at a Turkish cafe Saturday with her 9-year-old daughter when a man later identified as Bickford emerged from a nearby alley shouting "white power," anti-black racial slurs and "kill the police." Police say he grabbed the woman by the neck, forced her head forward and tried to remove her headscarf.
Indiana University expelled Bickford following reports of the attack.
The FBI is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
Bickford's first pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30.