Crime

Man faces hate crime and other charges in alleged attack on Muslim couple in Framingham

The Massachusetts Council on American-Islamic Relations praised the work by police in the case.

A man is facing a hate crime charge after he allegedly attacked a Muslim couple in a Trader Joe’s parking lot in Framingham and called them “terrorists,” with the quick response from authorities drawing praise from a prominent Islamic group.

The suspect has been identified as Aleksey Cherednichenko, according to MetroWest Daily News. He is said to be in his 50s, and was scheduled to be summonsed to court on charges including committing a hate crime, simple assault and battery, malicious damage to a car, and disorderly conduct, according to The Boston Globe.

During the incident on Saturday, Oct. 16, the suspect allegedly scratched the man’s face and called the woman a “Muslim b****” when they got out of their vehicle.

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The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations praised the work by police.

“We welcome hate crime charges for the alleged perpetrator of this disturbing attack,” John Robbins, CAIR-MA executive director, said in a press release. “Anti-Muslim incidents are rising nationwide, and it is essential that authorities demonstrate that acts of violence and intimidation against Muslims will not be tolerated.” 

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