Nude Oregon woman who ripped hijab off student's head and rubbed it against her genitals charged with hate crime
Jasmine Renee Campbell is now wanted by the police after failing to appear in court on January 3 following the shocking Islamophobic attack, which reportedly took place at a Portland MAX light rail station on November 12.
PORTLAND, OREGON: An Oregon woman has reportedly been charged with hate crimes after she allegedly tore a hijab off a Muslim woman's head, choked the victim, then stripped naked and rubbed the garment against her exposed genitals.
Jasmine Renee Campbell, 23, is now wanted by the police after failing to appear in court on January 3 following the shocking Islamophobic attack, which reportedly took place at a Portland MAX light rail station on November 12.
The Daily Mail reports that Campbell is accused of approaching her victim from behind on the evening of the attack, before pulling the hijab off the woman's head and choking her with it. According to court documents, Campbell subsequently stripped naked, except for a leather jacket that she was wearing, and rubbed the hijab all over her exposed body, The Sun reports.
"She [Campbell] was fighting and playing around, [saying] that she wanted to be a stripper, that she wanted to show the victim that she did not have to be a Muslim, that people don't have to be black or white, and she wanted the victim to know that religion doesn't define her," the court documents state.
The authorities were called to the scene by witnesses and Campbell was stopped by an officer. The 23-year-old was reportedly indicted by a grand jury on December 18 on two counts of second-degree bias crime, attempted strangulation, harassment, and third-degree criminal mischief.
The victim, a 24-year-old Saudi Arabian exchange student attending Portland State University, is reportedly still reeling from the attack and is now too afraid to wear her hijab in public. Since the incident, she wears knit caps or a scarf to cover herself, KGW reports.
The attack has received condemnation from multiple local officials, including Musse Olol, Vice Chair of the Muslim Advisory Council for the Portland Police Bureau, who told KGW: "It's very sad to see, and it underscores the fear that a lot of women who wear hijabs in this city have right now. Almost all of them, especially those who use mass transportation, the biggest concern they have is they don't go to work if it's dark."