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Long Island man faces hate crime charges for dragging Sikh victim with car: NYPD

New York City Police arrested a Long Island man suspected of running a Sikh man over last month in what authorities described as a hate crime.

hate crime sikh queens The driver — identified by investigators as Joseph Caleca, 55, of Long Island — kept arguing with the victim, who said he held his position in front of the truck until his friends called police.
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New York City Police arrested a Long Island man suspected of running a Queens man over last month in what authorities described as a hate crime.

According to police, Sandeep Singh, 29, and a group of friends got into a verbal altercation with the driver of a light-colored pick-up truck on July 30 near midnight.

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Singh, a Sikh man, reportedly briefly blocked the truck's path down 99th Street in Ozone Park after the driver called them "terrorists" and to "go back to your country."

The driver — identified by investigators as Joseph Caleca, 55, of Long Island — kept arguing with Singh, who said he held his position in front of the truck until his friends called police.

Instead, Caleca revved up and bumped into Singh. He then accelerated a second time, now running over Singh and dragging him about 30 feet in the until he became loose at around 101st Avenue, after which Caleca kept driving.

Singh was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center at the time, where he was treated for abdominal and back injuries, as well as several abrasions.

Caleca was arrested on Monday and faces both attempted murder and assault charges, both as a hate crime.

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