UPDATE: Islamic Center Spokesman Responds to Vandalism [VIDEO]
ST. CLOUD (AP) - Leaders of a St. Cloud mosque are voicing fears for the safety of its members after another incident of vandalism. A window at the Central Minnesota Islamic Center was broken Monday night. Center spokesman Mohamoud Mohamed says it was the fourth incident in the past month. He says this one was particularly disturbing because it appeared that someone used something heavy to break the window.
"That time there was a couple people inside the building, and they started looking around, and they found that the west side large window was broken," says Mohamed.
The two people were not injured.
More than three other windows have been damaged at the property, and all four sides of the building. Mohamed says Muslims are a peaceful people, and they are willing to forgive who ever is causing the damage.
"We want to sit down with them," says Mohamed, "those who are causing this damage to our property to come forward, sit with us, talk, learn more about us, and we are willing to forgive."
He says they want to end the problems before it becomes a bigger problem, or causes bigger misunderstandings between the Islamic community, and the rest of the community.
St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson says investigators don't have proof that the incidents are connected, but he doesn't believe they're a coincidence. He says police have increased their presence in the area with special details in recent weeks.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call St. Cloud Police at 251-1200, or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 255-1301, www.tricountycrimestoppers.org