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.


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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