Prosecutors in Seattle
hate crime charges
against a man who allegedly assaulted another bus rider while
making anti-gay comments.
Abiazzizi I. Idris, 18,
was charged with second-degree attempted robbery and malicious
harassment, which is the hate-crimes statute, in the March 10
Authorities say Idris
was riding on a Metro bus in Seattle when he slapped another
passenger in the back of the head. He then asked, using a
derogatory term, whether the man was gay.
When the victim left
the bus moments later, according to police, Idris and an
associate followed him. Idris approached again, telling the man
that homosexuality violates his religion. The man denied that
he was gay, at which point Idris grabbed him, and demanded $10
and his cell phone before he would let him go, authorities
Police responded and
arrested Idris after a local merchant witnessed the attack and
The sexual orientation
of the victim is not noted in court documents. Idris remains in
jail on $50,000 bail.