NEW YORK – A man police say pulled the beard of a Sikh professor last year in New York City has been charged with a hate crime.
Christian Morales was charged Saturday with aggravated harassment in the September attack of Columbia University professor Prabhjot Singh (PRUHB'-joht sihng) in upper Manhattan.
A phone number for Morales is out of service. It's unclear if he has an attorney.
Singh has said a group of young men called him "Osama" and a "terrorist" before one grabbed his beard and others beat him. He suffered a fractured jaw.
Hate crimes task force detectives had been investigating the case.
Sikhism is a religion that originated in India. In some cases, practitioners have been targeted by attackers who confuse it with Islam.