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Charges Filed Against Suspect And WSU Student Involved In Kwik Shop Altercation

Wichita Police Department

The Wichita Police Department has filed misdemeanor charges against a motorcyclist and a WSU student involved in an altercation last month at a Kwik Shop at 21st and Oliver.

The biker, identified as Joseph Bryan, was charged with battery and disorderly conduct. WSU student Christian Saldana-Banuelos and his friend Khondoker Usama, WSU student body vice president, say Bryan's attack was racially motivated and that he repeatedly yelled "Trump" as he drove away.

Saldana-Banuelos was charged with provoking an assault and/or battery, as well as disorderly conduct. According to the criminal complaint, he shouted "Bernie Sanders" and "Are we going to fight?" at Bryan.

The altercation is not being investigated as a hate crime.

Usama, who was also involved in the clash, spoke out against the attack with CAIR Kansas, the state affiliate of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, last month.