Deputies: No hate crime charge for man accused of running Muslim woman off road

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POINCIANA, Fla. - Osceola County deputies have tracked down the man accused of running a woman and her kids off the road because she is Muslim.

Investigators said it may not have been a hate crime at all.

Rose Garcia said the man who was driving a black pickup truck tried to run her and her two young kids off the road because she had on her hijab, a head scarf worn by Muslim women.

Deputies finally found the truck and the man who owns it, Charles Lundquist Jr.

No one answered the door at Lundquist's house.

Lundquist told detectives he was driving along Poinciana Boulevard when Garcia tried to pass him.

Lundquist got mad and sped up to block her, then he would slow down, forcing Garcia to hit her brakes.

When she finally got around him, he followed her for a few miles before turning away.

"I think that that is a pretty ludicrous accusation," Garcia said.

"I think he is also trying to put the blame back on me to lessen the severity of the crime that he committed," Garcia said.

Lundquist never admitted any of it had to do with Garcia's religion.

Detectives say they don't have enough for a hate crime but they are forwarding aggravated assault and stalking charges to the State Attorney's Office.