- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

MASON, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man charged with ethnic intimidation in an attack on a Muslim woman says he’s innocent.

Jonathan Deuel of Mason tells WILX-TV (https://bit.ly/XQ5wZj ) he didn’t touch the woman or verbally abuse anyone. Ethnic intimidation is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. He also was charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault and battery.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says three people attacked a 26-year-old woman in a Meridian Township parking lot July 19. It says they attempted to pull her dress and face veil off before knocking her down and shouting expletives at her.

The 29-year-old Deuel says he tripped and fell toward the woman, startling her. He says he fled because he feared arrest on two outstanding warrants.

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Information from: WILX-TV, https://www.wilx.com or www.wilxtv.com

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