MN: Police Investigate Incidents at Islamic Center


Rochester police plan to file a bias crime report with state officials after a pair of incidents at the Rochester Islamic Center.

The two crimes, part of a string of incidents at the Islamic Center during the past year, happened Sept. 8 and 9.

On Sept. 8, six or seven teenagers on bicycles approached a man who was putting on his shoes outside the mosque around 5 p.m. He told police one of the youths spit on him, and a boy, perhaps 17 years old, wearing khaki shorts and a red hat, called him the "n" word. The 37-year-old victim said he chased the teens on his bicycle but could not catch them.

On Sept. 9, a man who works at the Islamic Center said that eight to 10 white teenagers were riding their bicycles past the Islamic Center at around 4:15 p.m. One of the youths tapped the man on the shoulder from behind and another spit in his face. The teens also stole keys from the man.

The two incidents follow a string of incidents either at the mosque or the neighboring African mall during the past year.

The other alleged incidents include:

* On Sept. 28, 2006, a group of 20 to 30 teens hung around the mosque being disruptive.

* On Oct. 14, 2006, 10 teenagers loitered inside the mosque, were disorderly and refused to leave.

* On June 2, there were reports of youths riding by the mosque and spitting on people. (MORE)

 


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