Over the past few weeks there have been several attacks against specific members of our community.
- August 29, 2018 at approximately 9:43 p.m.: A person of interest is seen on video at the mosque located at 11900 N. Lamar Blvd., but no criminal mischief committed.
- September 2, 2018 at approximately 1:24 a.m.: There were four tires slashed on a vehicle belonging to a member of the mosque. The vandalism was reported by phone later that morning. Case #18-5034388
- September 2, 2018 at approximately 1:27 a.m.: During the preceding event, the front doors located on the east side of mosque were shattered as were doors and windows on the south side of the mosque. The person of interest is seen on video, but not committing damage. Case #18-2450156
- September 13, 2018 at approximately 1:43 a.m.: There were two tires slashed on a vehicle belonging to the mosque's security guard and two tires slashed on a van belonging to the mosque. A building window appeared to be cracked from an attempted entry. Case #18-2560109
- September 17, 2018 at approximately 2:08 a.m.: The front doors of the New Madina Market located at 9200 N. Lamar were broken. The person of interest seen on video appears to be the same person captured on video at the mosque on August 29, 2018. Case #18-2600063
APD Chief Manley offered the following regarding this series of incidents:
"The Austin Police Department takes these crimes very seriously. Anytime a specific group is targeted or attacked in our community, our entire community is being targeted or attacked. As your police chief, these types of crimes will not be tolerated. The Austin Police Department has increased patrols at various locations and is employing covert tactics in an attempt to identify and arrest the suspect(s). We will continue to aggressively investigate this case until the suspect(s) has/have been arrested.”
If you have any information regarding these crimes please contact Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or APD Detective Jason Greve at (512) 974-5543. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
Remember, Austin is Safer Together. If you see something, say something.