ME: INTIMIDATION SPARKS SHOWDOWN BETWEEN MUSLIM COUPLE AND NEIGHBORS
Some apartment residents in an area of Maine with a history of tension between Muslims and other local residents could face hate-crime charges after a Muslim couple claimed they were subjected to racial taunts and threats.
Kenneth Post, a Muslim convert, and his Yemeni wife, Raihanah Alsameai, said other residents in their building began intimidating them after they moved in earlier this month. Post said his wife is afraid of dogs and that a neighbor's pit bull lunged at her and chased her. He said the situation grew worse when neighbors shouted, "What's your religion?" and "Are you a Taliban?"
Police escorted the couple from the building and checked them into a hotel while also serving protection orders on three of the tenants. A property management company is also moving to evict four residents, the Sun-Journal reported Wednesday.
While no charges were filed, police passed on their reports about the incidents to the state attorney general's office for a review to determine whether hate-crime charges should be filed, said Auburn Chief Phil Crowell. . .
The incident is the latest involving local residents and Muslims in Auburn and the nearby town of Lewiston.
Last year, a man rolled pig's head into Lewiston mosque used by Somalis while prayers were ongoing. And, in Auburn earlier this year, a middle school student threw a piece of leftover Easter ham on a table occupied by Somali Muslims.