Mohamed Rasheed Khan’s teen attacker charged with hate crime, police said

Mohamed Rasheed Khan’s teen attacker charged with hate crime, police said

Mohamed Rasheed Khan was ambushed by three teens while riding a bicycle.

A 14-year-old has been charged with a hate crime for brutally beating a Muslim man outside a Queens mosque earlier this month, police said.
A 14-year-old has been charged with a hate crime for brutally beating a Muslim man outside a Queens mosque earlier this month, police said. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Dia Dipasupil

A 14-year-old boy was charged with brutally beating a Muslim man outside a Queens mosque earlier this month, police said on Monday.

Mohamed Rasheed Khan, 59, was leaving a Queens Village mosque at about 10:30 p.m. on June 1 when he was ambushed by three teens while riding his bicycle, according to police and police and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Khan, who was wearing religious attire at the time, suffered multiple broken bones in his face, fractured ribs, and a concussion, according to CAIR.

The attack was reportedly part of the “knockout game,” in which the suspects pick a target and try to knock them out with a single punch. The boys were apparently seen laughing as they ran off, according to CAIR.

The boy was charged with assault as a hate crime as a minor, police said. Police were looking for two other teens on Tuesday who helped in the attack.

Alison Fox