2 arrested in Washington for calling woman ‘terrorist,’ robbing and assaulting her

Bellevue Police Department
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BELLEVUE, Wash. – Authorities in Bellevue said they arrested two people who called a woman a “terrorist” before assaulting and robbing her.

A 29-year-old man and 47-year-old woman were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon for what police are calling a hate crime.

Officers were called to the 4000 block of 148th Ave. NE where the 35-year-old victim said she was walking down the street when the crime occured.

The victim, a recent immigrant from India, said the suspects called her a terrorist and told her to “go back home” before assaulting her, demanding her wallet, and calling her a terrorist again, Bellevue police said. The victim sustained minor injuries.

A witness came to intervene and, after a verbal exchange, the suspects fled on foot.

Multiple patrol officers and K-9 Ozzy arrived on scene. Ozzy tracked the suspects through an apartment complex and into some bushes. Officers quickly located and handcuffed them as they exited the bushes at a bus stop.

“Hate and hate crimes have no place in the city of Bellevue,” said Police Chief Steve Mylett. “We will do whatever it takes to find anyone who’s committed a hate crime, arrest them and build the strongest case possible against them for prosecutors.”