Hate-filled verbal assault against Indian Man in New Jersey

Police are looking for a man accused of a hate-filled verbal assault that could have turned into a violent encounter on a Jitney bus.

The incident was reported May 2 just before 4 p.m. on bus on Route 4 eastbound in Paramus. The Spanish Transportation Enterprise Jitney bus was heading from Paterson to New York.

It all started when police say the man stepped on the Indian victim's foot as he passed him when he got on the bus.

"As he was passing the victim, he stepped on the victim's foot. The victim then said to him along the lines of 'What are you doing, be careful,'" said Det. Sal Cosentino.

After the victim sat down, police said the suspect moved closer and started to harass him. He told the victim his family killed his father and accused him of being a terrorist and responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

Police say this assault went on for 12 minutes while the victim remained calm. Authorities say the suspect then spit at the victim and pulled out a box cutter while making slashing motions toward him.

The bus driver tried to intervene, but things went from bad to worse.

The suspect then demanded the driver stop the bus and allegedly told the victim to get off or he would kill him. The victim exited the back of the bus and called police.

The suspect is described as a male, 40 to 50 years old, who was last seen wearing an orange shirt, camouflage pants and sunglasses. He also had a black sweatshirt with the name of a New York City carpenters union.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Paramus Police Department at 201-262-3400 ext. 1415 or use our anonymous TIPS app located at www.paramuspolice.org.

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