- -- Youssif Zaghwani Omar, 53, was arrested after allegedly dragging a 14-year-old female relative out of school
- -- He was said to have been angry that she wasn't wearing a hijab - a traditional Muslim headscarf
A former assistant professor at an American university has been arrested for allegedly grabbing a 14-year-old female relative by the hair and dragging her into a car after he noticed she wasn't wearing a hijab.
Youssif Z. Omar, 53, was reportedly at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, on Tuesday when he spotted that the girl did not have the traditional Muslim headscarf.
Officer Latisha Stroer told the Columbia Tribune in an email that Omar grabbed the girl 'very violently by the hair'.
He then allegedly slapped her across the face, and pulled her by the hair down and flight of stairs and into his car.
The next day, Omar was arrested on suspicion of child abuse while he was at his home on the 1700 block of Timber Creek Drive.
Omar's LinkedIn page lists him as being an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia and manager of Artifacts Journal at the University bookstore.
The school says he was a graduate student with an assistantship, and that the job ended in July.
His Facebook page says he's married and originally from Benghazi, Libya. His LinkedIn profile says he was the head of the English department at the University of Benghazi Wahat Branch from 2003-2007.
He was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $4,500 bond.