Melendez attempted to kick Peterson as Peterson left the train, the DA said. On the platform, Melendez grabbed Peterson and a struggle ensued, in which Peterson forced Melendez to the ground, the DA said. At this time, Eddie Crespo, 28, of Staten Island allegedly pulled Peterson away, allowing Melendez to stand up, the DA said. Melendez then allegedly took off Peterson's kufi – an African headcovering – and threw it onto the subway tracks, the DA said.
"You know, I really don't like Muslims," Melendez said as he did it, according to the DA.
Melendez then punched Peterson in the face, bruising his left eye and causing it to swell and hurt, the DA said
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