WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WJLA) — Police are searching for a man who allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old girl, removed her headscarf, and called her a "terrorist" during an incident on Friday in Woodbridge, Va.
The girl suffered minor injuries and investigators believe she was attacked due to her "religious attire."
Authorities describe the suspect as a black man, but don't have an additional description of him at this time.
According to investigators, the man approached the girl and he reportedly "cursed" at her. He then grabbed and tried to place the victim's arm behind her back.
Moments later, he allegedly brandished a small knife placing it against the girl's arms calling her a terrorist. Authorities said he then pulled off her headscarf, and "placed his hand over her mouth" as she tried to scream for help.
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: #AssaultAndBattery #HateCrimes #Investigation | #Woodbridge; #PWCPD investigated an assault that occurred in the area of Jato Ct and Riverview Ln in Woodbridge on April 6, 2018. More info: https://t.co/Fz7ayxu3IU pic.twitter.com/SzSMzzNyRz— Prince William PD (@PWCPolice) April 9, 2018