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Man's face bitten 'in anti-Muslim attack' at Virginia car park

Robin McGreer Image copyright Fairfax County police
Image caption Robin McGreer was arrested exactly three months after the alleged attack

A US man is facing hate crime charges after he allegedly bit another man's face and used anti-Muslim slurs during a fight at a shopping centre car park.

Robin McGreer, 35, allegedly approached the victim, verbally harassed him and left him with a "significant face wound" in the 27 November 2016 attack.

He is charged with bias-related malicious bodily injury in relation to the incident in a Washington DC suburb.

The victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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The accused, who was arrested on Monday, allegedly left the scene at the Tysons Corner Center in Virginia before police arrived.

Fairfax County Police have not identified the 31-year-old victim or his race and religion, citing privacy concerns.

Hate crime watchdog groups say such bias-related attacks are on the rise in the US.

Last week two Indian men were shot in a bar in Kansas City by a patron who reportedly shouted "get out of my country" before opening fire on them.

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