Man charged after spraying children, home with water from a hose

Zachariah Manahan Photo: Rice County
Zachariah Manahan

June 05, 2019 05:02 PM

An 18-year-old faces charges after authorities say he sprayed a group of children and their home with water from a hose, according to court records. 

A criminal complaint states Zachariah Manahan faces one count of stalking because of bias, a felony. He also faces one count of third-degree damage to property and one count of disorderly conduct. 

According to the complaint, officers with the Faribault Police Department were called on Saturday to the 1700 block of Third Street Southwest on the report of the incident. 

Crimes like the one police say happened in Faribault are on the rise in Minnesota, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The complaint said when officers arrived, they met with a group of people of Somali descent. The group told officers that a man at a nearby residence sprayed the family with water from a hose. They also said he sprayed the upstairs living room of their home with water through a window.  

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When officers went to the residence, they noticed the garden hose was hooked up to a pressure washer. The complaint said Manahan said he was attempting to spray a fence, not the neighbors. 

A 15-year-old girl told officers that Manahan sprayed her and her siblings. The girl also said Manahan was also yelling about "Somalians" while spraying them with water, according to the complaint. 

CAIR-Minnesota responded to the incident in a statement Wednesday. 

"We welcome the charges brought against this suspect who allegedly terrorized Muslim children, and hope they send the message that bias-motivated acts of violence will not be tolerated in our state or nation," CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said.

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