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Hate Motivated Assault

Mariam J. Belarj, 20, of Medford, New York

Officer Vinton

On 7/31/16 at approximately 2107hrs, Brattleboro Officers responded to Elliot St. for a report of an assault. Upon arrival they discovered two victims. A male was attacked randomly and struck repeatedly with a beer bottle, and a female passerby was attacked because she was black. The suspects, a male and female, shouted racial slurs as they assaulted the female.

The suspects fled down Elliot St. after the assault. The victims were treated for non life-threatening injuries. Vermont State Police and the Windham County Sheriff's Department assisted Brattleboro PD in searching for the suspects. VSP deployed their K9 Unit.

The female suspect, Mariam J. Belarj, 20, was arrested by BPD for Disorderly Conduct: Hate Motivated, Aggravated Assault, Assault and Robbery, and Possession of Stolen Property. Belarj was held on bail. Belarj will appear in court at a later date to face the charges.

The male suspect is still at large. He is described as a white male with a blond pony tail, at least 6' tall. Anyone with information about this suspect, please call the Brattleboro Police at 802-257-7950.