A homeless man threw hot coffee at a Muslim woman before hitting her and calling her a “terrorist” at a branch of Dunkin’ Donuts in New York, US authorities said.

Nathan Gray, 34, allegedly told his 21-year-old victim he “hated Muslims” before threatening to kill her. He has been charged with assault as a hate crime, police said.

A foreign Daily newspaper reported that Gray walked into the fast food store in mid-town Manhattan on Sunday afternoon and asked for a cup of coffee .

A store employee, who did not want to be named, told the paper that on paying for his coffee the 34-year-old allegedly sat next to group of Muslim women and started shouting at them, calling them “terrorists”.

The women reportedly tried to ignore him but he continued shouting. She said: “One woman called him ‘stupid.’ So he threw his hot coffee in her face. “It was hot, hot coffee . She could have been burned. Then he swung his bag at her and it hit her in the face.”

The woman then ran outside where Gray allegedly put her in a headlock. Emergency services were called to the scene and Gray was arrested. The victim reportedly refused medical attention.