Police: NY hate-crime victim dragged with truck

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Updated: 8/19 10:27 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Police have arrested a 55-year-old Long Island man on charges he called a Sikh man a terrorist and mowed him down with his pickup truck.

The incident happened July 30 in Richmond Hill, Queens.

The New York Post reports that Joseph Caleca and 29-year-old Sandeep Singh exchanged words because Singh's car door was blocking the street.

Police say Caleca called Singh a terrorist before hitting him with his truck.

According to police, Caleca then accelerated, hit Singh and dragged him several feet before fleeing.

Singh was treated at Jamaica Hospital for abdominal and back injuries.

Caleca, of Setauket, was arrested late Monday on charges of attempted murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime.

No information on a lawyer for Caleca was available.


Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com


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