A 27-year-old man, Joshua Ruano, from San Francisco arrested suspiciously on threatening to shoot a women wearing a hijab because she is Muslim.
A woman and her son were playing in a park just after 7p.m. march 17 near the mission district when Ruano approached the women and started making anti-Muslim comments and threatened to shoot her, According to Police Department.
“The victim and her son fled the area to get away from the suspect,” police said.
Police were notified about the threat and searched the area. They found Ruano several blocks away from the park. He was arrested and booked into the San Francisco County Jail.
Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area, said hate crimes targeting Muslims and those who are mistaken for Muslim are on the rise.
“This incident in San Francisco reminds all of us of the critical work to be done in our own communities to prevent hate crimes and protect each other,” she said. “We applaud this woman who was targeted while with her child for bravely coming forward and hope it will encourage others to also seek help.”