Update: Sikh Teens Fabricated Story of Attack

March 11, 2004

Source: New York Newsday


On March 11, 2004 New York Newsday reported, "Two Sikh teenagers who told police they were attacked by five men who yanked off their turbans and cut off their hair apparently fabricated the story, police said. Lodi Police Chief Vincent J. Caruso said Wednesday that the pair — 18-year-old Simrandeep Singh and a 17-year-old — made a false bias claim to police on March 3 to conceal the fact that they had cut their own hair, in violation of their religion. Caruso said the two could face charges. As of Wednesday night, none had been filed. He said Lodi police continued to investigate after finding holes in the teens' original report, and that the teens eventually cooperated."