Last updated Nov. 2 at 3:41 p.m.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is investigating an alleged assault of a Muslim community member that a post on social media claims occurred on Franklin Street on Tuesday evening.
Posts on Instagram shared by community members described the alleged attacker as an individual who was "wearing an Israeli flag."
The police department said it is "working to identify and connect with the victim" to provide support and investigate the situation further.
“The circumstances that were described in the post must not be tolerated in our community,” police chief Celisa Lehew said in a statement. “It is important that anyone who has information reach out to us as soon as possible. We recognize the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community and will continue to work carefully to ensure an environment where everyone feels safe and respected.”
After the alleged attack, UNC students posted warnings on social media, telling hijabis and other Muslim students to stay away from Franklin Street.
"Please stay away from the area, especially if you’re hijabi, and be careful," the UNC Muslim Students Association said in a Tuesday post on Instagram.
UNC MSA sent an email Tuesday to registered members regarding the situation that said the alleged victim is a UNC student and is "safe at this time."
In a Wednesday campus-wide email, the University said UNC Police is working with the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Police Department to gather more information about the situation.