ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Muslim civil liberties group says religious bias is behind an attack on an 18-year-old college freshman in St. Louis.

The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants police to investigate the early August assault on LaSalle Park Court as a possible hate crime.

KSDK-TV reports that the victim spent three days hospitalized in intensive care after he was hit in the back of the head during an argument with a neighbor’s boyfriend who said his car had been scratched.

Police say the suspect demanded money for the vehicle damage after the victim came to the girlfriend’s home to discuss the matter. Members of the victim’s family say they have previously had their tires slashed, windows broken and been targeted with religious slurs.

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