Students charged with assaulting Arab-American

October 25, 2006 13:58

Three teenagers accused of attacking an Arab-American merchant were charged with ethnic intimidation and assault. Rodney Hayes, 17, was charged as an adult with assault and battery and ethnic intimidation. Dyeida Wilson, 18, and Antoneo Hardy, 19, were charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and ethnic intimidation. All are from Detroit which, along with its suburbs, is home to one of the largest concentrations of Arab Americans in the United States. The melee began Monday when the students, who were standing at a bus stop, knocked down a nearby sign advertising a business owned by Joe Khalil, police said. "Usually, I just ignore them," Khalil told The Detroit News for a Wednesday story. "But (Monday) I went outside and told them to stop knocking down my sign." The suspects called him an ethnically derogative name "and told me to go back to where I came from," said Khalil, who is half-Lebanese and half-German and was born in the United States.

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