Two men accused in subway imam attack hit with hate crime charges
Islamophobia even happens at 3:25 A.M.
Two men accused of attacking a Muslim religious leader in a Manhattan subway station were the targets Thursday of a hate-crimes investigation.
The unidentified imam claimed the two men called him a “terrorist” and yelled ethnic and religious slurs when they assaulted him at the Canal Street station early Wednesday, sources said.
Albert Melendez, 30, of Manhattan, is expected to be arraigned later Thursday.
The incident happened at 3:25 a.m. on the northbound A-train platform, prosecutors said.