NEW YORK (AP/WCMH) — A Muslim woman who reported that three men taunted her aboard a New York City subway train, yelling “Donald Trump” and calling her a terrorist, has apparently made it all up.
Police say 18-year-old Yasmin Seweid was arrested Wednesday on charges of filing a false report and obstructing governmental administration. It wasn’t clear if the Baruch College student had a lawyer.
Seweid first told police the incident happened on Dec. 1 as the train pulled into Grand Central Station.
She claimed the men told her “you don’t belong here” and referred to her hijab as a “rag.” She also reported that one of the men grabbed her bag, breaking the strap, and another tried to take off her hijab. Her story was widely reported by local media outlets.
Police originally investigated the case as an anti-Muslim bias incident.
About a week after the alleged incident, on Dec. 7, Seweid was reported missing. She was found three days later.