New Mexico Iraqi Woman Hurt in Possible Hate Crime
According to Albuquerque police, a man last week forced his way into the home of Seham Jaber, shouting nasty remarks about Muslims and punching her in the head and stomach. The intruder then tore up her family’s citizenship papers in the June 5 attack, investigators said.
“The irony is the individual thought the family was Muslim, and they’re actually refugees from Iraq who are Catholic,” Albuquerque police spokesman Simon Drobik said.
Jaber, who speaks Arabic, told police the unknown assailant also stole at least $20,000 in gold, which represented her family’s life savings. The assailant also stole jewelry, she said.
“No house, no car. It was all in gold,” Saad Sajet, Jaber’s husband, told the Albuquerque Journal.
The suspect was described as wearing a mask, jeans and a yellow T-shirt.