Police: Student says 2 men assaulted her and stole hijab

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana college student told police she was assaulted and robbed of her wallet and hijab by two men, one of whom was wearing a white “Trump” hat.

The 18-year-old woman told investigators she was walking near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s campus Wednesday morning — hours after Donald Trump’s presidential victory — when she was accosted by two white men who drove up in a gray sedan, police said.

The student said the men struck her with a metal object, knocking her down, and stole her wallet and hijab, a headscarf worn by Muslim women. She also said the men shouted racial obscenities as they struck her several times in the back, Lafayette police said in a statement Thursday.

Police haven’t identified any suspects. The student declined medical treatment.

Lafayette Police Department spokesman Cpl. Karl Ratcliff said investigators haven’t found witnesses or surveillance video to assist them.

“Basically, all we have is her statement,” Ratcliff said. “At this point, there’s not really much else we can do with it.”

The university’s police department issued a statement notifying staff and students about the student’s reported attack.

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