Bloomington man arrested in assault on woman, faces several charges

Triceten Bickford was arrested Saturday in Bloomington. (photo courtesy: Bloomington Police Department)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – One man was arrested Saturday in Bloomington after physically assaulting a woman.

According to police, the incident happened just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening in the 300 block of South Walnut Street in Bloomington.

Police say Triceten Bickford,19, attempted to take the scarf off of a Muslim woman who was sitting at a table outside a cafe with her 9-year-old daughter.

Bickford then grabbed and squeezed the woman by the back of the neck, forcing her head down towards the table.

When police arrived on scene, they discovered Bickford being restrained by a witness and the victim’s husband.

Bickford then bit an officer and tried to kick out the windows of a police vehicle after being placed under arrest.

Prior to the assault, police say Bickford was reportedly yelling derogatory and inflammatory statements about African Americans and police.

The suspect was then transported to the Monroe County Jail.

He faces a number of charges including strangulation, intimidation, battery, battery on a police officer, and public intoxication.

On Monday afternoon, Indiana University released the following statement:

Indiana University is aware of the horrifying incident involving one of our students and a member of the Bloomington Muslim community over the weekend.

This type of abhorrent behavior is not representative of our students, nor of the culture of inclusion and tolerance so many people at the university and in the Bloomington community have worked so hard to foster.

The university is closely monitoring the Bloomington Police investigation into this matter, and IU Bloomington Provost  Lauren Robel has instructed the Dean of Students’ office to conduct its own investigation into the incident.”

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