Hindu Delivery Man Beaten because Assailants Thought He Was Muslim: Police Filed Hate Crime Charges

June 24, 2003

Source: Standard-Times


On June 24, 2003 the Standard-Times reported that "a vicious robbery of a pizza delivery man escalated when the assailants mistook the graduate student for a Muslim, Fairhaven police said yesterday, as they filed hate crime charges against a second man arrested in the attack... Police Chief Gary F. Souza said Ryan Marsh, 17, of 369 Brook St. was one of four men who helped ambush Saurabh Bhalerao, 24, a delivery man at Sarducci's Subs & Pizza on Pleasant Street... 'They mistook him for being Islamic and the savagery that occurred after that seemed to be initiated from their belief that he was a Muslim,' Chief Souza said... The delivery man, a graduate student at UMass Dartmouth, tried to tell his attackers that he is a Hindu, not a Muslim, but they did not relent, Chief Souza said. Instead, one attacker stuffed his mouth with a sock, police reports said."