An Ohio man is facing multiple criminal charges after claiming in October that he was the victim of an anti-Palestinian hate crime, which police now believe was a complete fabrication.
Hesham A. Ayyad, 20, of North Olmsted, allegedly made up the hate attack and told a police officer he was hit by a car in a “racially motivated” incident, WKYC report.
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Ayyad told North Ridgeville detectives that the crime occurred on Oct. 22 on Cook Road in Olmsted Township and that he was later taken to the hospital.
The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for a hate crime investigation. article It was posted the day after Ayyad made his report, shedding further light on his claims.
According to the group, Ayyad was walking home from lunch when the driver of an approaching car rolled down his window and shouted, “Kill all Palestinians” and “Long live Israel,” causing him to change course and drive away. He claimed that he punched Ayyad and then drove off. He yells, “Die!”
CAIR published a photo of Ayyad lying on a stretcher with a neck brace at the hospital.
“We call on state, local, and federal law enforcement authorities to monitor and investigate crimes related to rising Islamophobia and anti-Palestinian racism,” Interim Executive Director Faten Odeh said. “I hope the North Ridgeville Police Department and the FBI gather all the information they need to charge this person with a hate crime. We all want to feel safe walking down the street, grabbing a bite to eat, going to the store. You should be able to go to school.”
However, North Ridgeville police “ultimately determined that Ayyad had made the whole thing up,” WKYC reported.
A ministry statement obtained by local news outlets said that based on further investigation, Ayyad had never been hit by a car or been the victim of any racially motivated threats, and in fact had not been involved in a previous relationship with her brother. He was reportedly injured in a fight.
Authorities said they were able to see video footage of the altercation with 19-year-old Khalil A. Ayyad.
The brothers were arrested Tuesday and charged with domestic violence and assault. The suspect in the hate crime hoax also faces additional charges of false alarm, falsification and obstruction of official business.
The Ayyads were released from custody on Wednesday after posting bail, and both are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.