- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Muslim teen who said she was harassed over her religion on a New York City subway by Trump supporters was arrested Wednesday for fabricating the account.

Yasmin Seweid, 18, was charged with filing a false police report after confessing that she made up the story about the Dec. 1 attack, according to the New York Daily News and CBS2.

“Nothing happened, and there was no victim,” a police source told the Daily News.

Miss Seweid originally said that she was surrounded by three white men who taunted her tried to pull off her hijab.

“They were surrounding me from behind and they were like, ‘Oh look, it’s an f***ing terrorist,’” she said. “I didn’t answer. They pulled my strap of the bag and it ripped, and that’s when I turned around and I was really polite and I was like, ‘Can you please leave me alone?’ and everyone was looking, no one said a thing, everyone just looked away.”

Mr. Trump came in for some of the blame. “The president-elect just promotes this stuff and is very anti-Muslim, very Islamophobic, and he’s just condoning it,” said Miss Seweid at the time.

She was back in the news last week after she was reported missing but then turned up several days later.

The case comes as the latest in a rash of Trump-related hate-crime hoaxes since the Nov. 8 election.

In New York, alarm over an “explosion” of hate crimes prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to create a special task force a week after the election, while New York Police Chief James O’Neill said hate crimes against Muslims and others were up 31 percent from the previous year.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations attorney Albert Kahn said the Seweid case should not diminish concern about anti-Islam incidents.

“We’re very disturbed by these distressing developments, but we hope that they do not detract from the numerous reports coming from the Muslim community,” said Mr. Kahn.

• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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