A Muslim student who said she was harassed on the subway by drunken, hate-spewing white men shouting “Donald Trump!” lied to police because she broke her curfew, law enforcement sources said Wednesday.
Yasmin Seweid, 18, joined a growing list of local and national alleged hate-crime victims when she told cops she was taunted Dec. 1 on the No. 6 train by three men who called her a terrorist and tried to snatch her hijab off her head while straphangers did nothing.
But Seweid finally broke down Wednesday and was arrested after she admitted to detectives that it was all a big lie.
“Nothing happened, and there was no victim,” a police source said.
Police sources say Seweid made up the story because she didn’t want to get in trouble for breaking her curfew after being out late drinking with friends.
Surprise, surprise. Cupcake would rather climb a tree to tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth.
Her strict, Muslim parents allegedly forced Seweid to shave her head over the incident and were upset that she was dating a Christian, sources said.
The bareheaded Baruch College student, not wearing her hijab, was charged with filing a false report and released after her arraignment early Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court. A relative covered Seweid’s face with a black down jacket as she was escorted into a waiting SUV following her brief court appearance.
She faces up to a year in jail for each charge.
Anybody want to lay odds that the “Christian” she is dating is white?
Seweid claimed a white trio mocked her and tried to tear the religious garb from her head.
Seweid, 18, claimed a trio of drunks had taunted her as a “terrorist” on a Manhattan subway train, but admitted later she had fabricated the story, cops said.
She provided police a description of the suspects, one of whom cops at one point thought they spotted on video following her when she got off the subway at Grand Central Terminal.
“She had numerous opportunities to admit nothing happened and she kept sticking by her story,” a police source said.
The New Hyde Park, L.I., teen even posted an emotional account of the attack on Facebook.
Arab cupcake had no problem giving a phony description that could have very easily put a man’s life at hazard.
For a while, police believed inconsistencies in her story to be nothing more than typical lapses by someone who was traumatized.
But the doubts increased when detectives could not find witnesses or any significant video. Then she left home and was reported missing on Thursday — only to turn up safe and sound on Friday. Suspicion went through the roof.
On Wednesday, after again being confronted with questions from detectives, she said she had made it all up, citing family problems.
Seweid admitted that she lied to throw off her parents, who are Egyptian immigrants, because they disapproved of her boyfriend, a source said.
“Oh, officers! I couldn’t tell you the truth! Anything but that! My parents would be mad that I’m not snuggling up with a Muslim!”
NEVER HER FAULT!
Seweid’s father, Syeed, 55, said he didn’t know why his daughter made up the story.
“I have no idea,” he said. “She’s the one that can speak for herself.”
In a bizarre twist, Seweid’s older brother, Abdoul, was also charged with falsely reporting an incident back in 2012.
Cops said Abdoul, then 17, claimed a pal was “assaulted by three unknown males,” according to a Newsday story at the time.
The family that files false reports together, stays together.
He and four other teens were charged with grand larceny and conspiracy for allegedly breaking into parked cars and stealing any valuables they found.
Ah, the sweet sound of “cultural enrichment” by third-world colonists who are just here for a better life.
Albert Cahn, an attorney for the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the twist in Seweid’s case shouldn’t take away from the legitimate claims of bias and harassment against Muslims.
“We’re very disturbed by these distressing developments, but we hope that they do not detract from the numerous reports coming from the Muslim community,” Cahn said.
Reports that are likely just as phony and flimsy as this one. Fake but accurate, as Dan Rather once told us.