university of colorado student arrested in bias-motivated assault

In Boulder, Colorado, a University of Colorado student is accused of making derogatory remarks about Asian food, then punching and choking an Asian American student who objected to his remarks: Bias-motivated case: CU-Boulder student arrested on suspicion of punching dormmate.

19-year-old freshman Thomas Frank Ross is accused of attacking fellow student Christpher Tetreault late Friday in another student's room. It all apparently started when Ross blamed Tereault for a bad smell in the room because he "eats all those Asian noodles":
According to a police report, Tetreault and Ross both were in another student's room with a larger group that was playing video games.

Tetreault told police that Ross blamed him for a bad smell in the room because he "eats all those Asian noodles." Tetreault also told police that Ross had made derogatory remarks to him about being part Chinese in the past, and that he was "fed up."

Tetreault told police he swore at Ross, who then punched and choked him, the report said. Tetreault said he threw a Monster Energy drink at Ross in an attempt to stop the attack.

Ross told police Tetreault made derogatory remarks to him about being Jewish and that he didn't even know Tetreault was part Asian, the report said. He said he only hit Tetreault after Tetreault threw his drink on him.

Other students in the room disagreed about some of the details but told police that Ross made the comment about Tetreault eating noodles and that Ross hit or choked Tetreault before Tetreault threw the drink.

According to the police report, Ross stopped punching Tetreault when he started bleeding from the face.
Ross was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and bias-motivated crime. Why do I get the feeling this had little to do with the smell of "Asian noodles," and had a whole lot more to do with some kind of weird pent-up racist aggression? This allegedly wasn't the first time Ross had insulted Tetreault's part-Chinese ancestry. More here: CU Student Arrested On Suspicion Of Bias Crime.

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