Man arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot woman wearing Muslim veil in San Francisco

Joshua Ruano (San Francisco Police Department)


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A man was arrested last Friday on hate crime charges for allegedly threatening a woman wearing a traditional Muslim veil in San Francisco.

Police responded to a report of a man threatening a victim in the area of 4th and Howard Streets at around 7:22 p.m., according to police.

When police arrived, the victim told officers that she was playing with her toddler in the park when a man approached her and began making ant-Muslim remarks.

The victim told police the man was threatening to shoot her.

The woman and her son fled the area to get away from the suspect.

A short time later, two on-duty sergeants detained a man who matched the suspect description several blocks away from the site of the incident.

Joshua Ruano, a 27-year-old San Francisco resident, was arrested and booked into San Francisco County Jail on charges of criminal threats with a hate crime enhancement and other unrelated charges.

Although there has been an arrest made, investigators are asking anyone with information on this case to contact the San Francisco Police anonymously at415-575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

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