SAN DIEGO -- Two thieves referred to President-elect Donald J. Trump and made derogatory comments about Muslims Wednesday while robbing a woman in a parkade stairwell at San Diego State University, authorities reported.
The men, who appeared to be in their early to mid-20s, confronted the victim as she was walking to her car about 2:30 p.m., made the ethnically disparaging and political statements, grabbed her purse and backpack and then ran, according to campus police.
Alisha Sharif is a friend of the victim and said the robbers referred to President-elect Donald Trump before attacking the woman and stealing her car.
"They were saying things like, 'Now that Trump is president get ready to start fleeing.' They proceeded to push her around and she wrestled with them," Sharif described.
The senior student left the area to report the crime, and when she returned with officers, they discovered that her vehicle had been stolen as well, Lt. Ronald Broussard said.
Sharif says she no longer feels safe on campus.
"My religion, just being so visible, it breaks my heart that I'm such a target for most people just because of the religion that I choose," Sharif said.
The case was being investigated as a suspected hate crime as well as a strong-arm robbery and auto theft, Broussard said.