Two Northwestern students reported being verbally assaulted and having eggs and a water bottle thrown at them at the outdoor tennis courts near Colfax Street around 8 p.m. Monday night.
Weinberg seniors Sasijaree Rianterawongs and Priyanka Seshadri arrived at the tennis courts at around 7 p.m. They said starting an hour later, eggs were thrown in their direction, and shortly after, a man got out of a car to throw an open filled water bottle at them and shout, "Fuck you, Asians."
Both Rianterawongs and Seshadri said they were the only ones on the court when the first egg landed by Seshadri and splattered on her leg. Seshadri said a second egg landed a few feet away from her two minutes later, followed by a third egg five minutes later.
"That’s when I was looking for an actual person, because it was too coincidental that it was hitting both Sasi and I," Seshadri said.
At that time, Rianterawongs and Seshadri said they spotted an egg on the grass.
Seshadri said she picked up the egg, and when she looked up, she spotted a man in a purple shirt with a number on the back running away. After she spotted him, an egg landed on their court from the direction of the man running.
Rianterawongs didn't see him, but Seshadri identified him as a white male from his exposed arms. They both said the fencing and covering at the court made it hard to see clearly.
"We were getting ready to leave [when] a car pulls up by Colfax," Rianterawongs said.
Rianterawongs identified the car as the same car she briefly noticed circling the block before the first egg landed. She noticed the same blue color and SUV-like build. Rianterawongs said the car had been circling at parking lot speed.
At that point, both said a man got out of the car and shouted, "Yo, bitch," before the water bottle flew at them and landed by them. Then the man shouted, "Fuck you, Asians."
"We were so nervous walking back," Rianterawongs said. "I didn’t know who to talk to. I wanted to tell someone, report, but we don’t know where to go. I wish there was a racism hotline or something."
The two called NUPD at 10 p.m. to report the incident. NUPD declined to comment.