Fire at Mus­lim fam­ily’s home pos­si­ble bias crime

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A fire at a Mus­lim fam­ily’s apart­ment in Wind­sor Mill is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a pos­si­ble bi­as­re­lated crime, Bal­ti­more County po­lice say. The Coun­cil on Amer­i­canIs­lamic Re­la­tions said Fri­day that the in­ci­dent was one in a se­ries tar­get­ing the fam­ily and called for a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Fam­ily mem­bers are of­fer­ing a $1,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest, said Zainab Chaudry, Mary­land out­reach man­ager for CAIR. “We just want au­thor­i­ties to do their due dili­gence,” she said. Cpl. John Wachter, a spokesman for county po­lice, said some­one en­tered the apart­ment in the first block of Fall­ridge Court on Sept. 6 and set fire to some­thing on the stove. Wachter said that “of­fen­sive writ­ing on the wall” led po­lice to clas­sify the in­ci­dent as a pos­si­ble bias crime. He de­clined to elab­o­rate, say­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the depart­ment’s ar­son unit is still open.

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