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Latest Hate Crime Hoax: Pakistani-American College Student Recants 'Bias Attack' Story

Last Thursday, a Muslim college student in New York alleged that he was robbed by three masked men who "shoved him into a van" and "hurled racial epithets" at him.

The New York Post reported on his story with great gusto:

The 21-year-old student at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn was walking on 165th Street near 81st Avenue in Hillcrest Thursday at 4:35 p.m. when a black van pulled up alongside him.

The goons jumped out of the vehicle and threw the victim — who they repeatedly punched in the face — in the back of the vehicle.

“Get out of my country, you f–king sand n—er!” one of the attackers yelled at the victim, who is from Pakistan, police sources said.

The trio stole his backpack and his wallet, which contained his school ID, and $6 before kicking him out of the van and speeding off.

The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force investigated the incident as a possible bias attack and PIX11 converged on the alleged crime scene "as detectives canvassed the neighborhood, talking to residents and taking with them home surveillance video that may have caught on tape the ugly crime."

Well, there was an "ugly crime," all right. Making a false report about a "hate crime" is a crime, after all.

It didn't take long for the Pakistani-American's tale of woe to fall apart. On Saturday, PIX11 reported that the student recanted his entire story. Police sources say the incident never happened. He made the whole thing up.

For some reason, the "victim's" name was never released.

As we are in the midst of a college "hate crime hoax" epidemic, wouldn't it behoove the media to tread a little more carefully when a college student alleges a hate crime -- so they don't have egg all over their faces when the inevitable recantation takes place?