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Posted: November 27, 2001

The Anti-Defamation League and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the violent assault of a Saudi student in Santa Barbara, California.

Police say two unidentified men attacked City College student Sari Asiri on September 17 after stopping him to ask for directions. The men reportedly attacked Asiri after learning he was from Saudi Arabia.

One assailant was described as a 6-foot-tall Caucasian with blonde hair. The second man was described as having darker skin, various shades of blonde, brown and black patches of hair, and standing at least 6 feet tall. According to police, the men were last seen driving an older-model, two-door car, possibly a silver or gray hatchback with a tinted black window.

Anyone with information on the assault is asked to contact Det. Jerry Cornell at the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department at (805) 681-4167, or FBI Special Agent Linda Esparza Dozer at (805) 677-7352.

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