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Suspect arrested in attack of Muslim DoorDash driver, CAIR calls for investigation

Suspect arrested in attack of Muslim DoorDash driver, CAIR calls for investigation Photo: KSTP

Updated: November 07, 2019 05:57 PM

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) is calling for an investigation into an alleged bias-motivated attack on a Muslim DoorDash driver.

The incident happened in the early morning hours of Oct. 27 in Excelsior. On Thursday, CAIR-Minnesota held a press conference calling on authorities to investigate the attack.

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The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department said officers responded to the 5000 block of St. Albans Bay Road in Shorewood at about 9:51 a.m. on Oct. 27 on a reported assault. The department said the suspect was allegedly dissatisfied as to where the delivery driver left the food order.

CAIR-Minnesota said the driver was hit repeatedly by the customer, who also shouted "go back to your country" and other Islamophobic, xenophobic and racist slurs. CAIR also said a bystander who witnessed the incident came to the aid of the driver before police arrived.

South Lake Minnetonka Police said the suspect, 54-year-old Michael Anderson, was arrested and booked at Hennepin County Jail for fifth-degree assault.

The incident remains under investigation, police said.

You can see the press conference held by CAIR Thursday below.

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