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CAIR-WA Seeks Arrest of Two Additional Suspects for ‘Shocking’ Hate Attack on Muslim Taxi Driver

adam-gaalDriver to undergo extensive surgery after being punched repeatedly in face by three men, two of whom started beating driver after he lost consciousness

(SEATTLE, WA, 12/11/14) — Later today, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) will hold a media availability to offer an update on the medical procedures a Muslim taxi driver will undergo as part of his recovery from an alleged hate attack.  

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CAIR-WA will also respond to charges filed by the King County Prosecutor's office yesterday against 26-year old Jesse Alexander Fleming, a member of the U.S. Navy who is stationed in Everett, and will call for the arrest and prosecution of two suspects in the attack who remain at large.

The Seattle Police Department's incident report reveals that two other men allegedly joined Fleming in beating the driver after he had already lost consciousness and began to regain consciousness. The two other men fled the scene of the crime, which took place at or near 4251  27th Avenue West in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, and have still not been arrested or charged. 

WHAT: CAIR-WA media Availability to Provide Updates on Hate Attack on Muslim Taxi Driver
WHEN: Thursday, December 11, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Pacific)
CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-367-4081 or 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com

Earlier this week, CAIR-WA held a news conference to call on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an attack on a Muslim taxi driver in Seattle as a hate crime. 

“The recent revelations of reconstructive surgery needed by the victim and the alleged brutality of the other two assailants warrants arrest, prosecution and maximum penalties to be sought for all the attackers,” said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari. “Our law enforcement partners need to send a clear message to the public that those who attack racial and religious minorities will not get away with it and will be met with the full force of the law.”

The victim is scheduled to undergo extensive surgery to repair the damage to parts of his face.  It is not known if there will be long-term effects on the victim's ability to speak and otherwise function normally, or if he will ever look the same as he did before being viciously beaten by Jesse Fleming and his two friends.

Bukhari added: “We are asking for the public's help in identifying the other two suspects who allegedly helped Jesse Fleming brutally beat the taxi driver. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the two other male suspects, who beat the driver after he was unconscious, should contact the FBI-Seattle office at 206-622-0460.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-367-4081 or 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 

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