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Postal Worker Arrested In Alleged Hate Crime Against Muslim Women In Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A postal worker has been arrested in connection with an alleged hate crime in Brooklyn that was caught on surveillance video.

Dainton Coley, 33, faces charges of acting in a manner injurious to a child, harassment and menacing as a hate crime.

The incident happened last Friday outside a deli on Nostrand Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Two Muslim women wearing traditional headscarves, one of them pushing a stroller with a baby, said they were accosted by a man on the sidewalk.

"He approached them and started harassing them, assaulting them, and even spat on them," said Sadyia Khalique of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Khalique said he used some ugly language.

"For instance, there was conversation about, you know, 'You're a terrorist' and also about how, 'I'm going to blow up your temple,'" she said.

Khalique said the women were frightened and went into the deli where a manager intervened.

"The lady had a stroller, he come by," said deli manager Jamel Abdulla. "I want to stop. I don't (want) him touch the lady, the lady got a baby.'"

Abdulla said he recognized the man as a local postal worker who often stops in on his route to buy a can of beer.

"He make a lot of noise in the street all the time," Abdulla said.

The U.S. Postal Police later contacted the Hate Crimes Task Force after recognizing the suspect as a USPS employee at the Atlantic Avenue Post Office.

There has been concern about anti-Muslim backlash after the Paris terror attacks, but the NYPD said the number of anti-Muslim incidents reported to the Hate Crimes Task Force is actually down 43 percent this year versus last.

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