Rock thrown through win­dow on Elec­tion Day

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Adam Farence afarence@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @afarence on Twit­ter

Wasif Qureshi and his fam­ily woke up to the sound of break­ing glass early Tues­day morn­ing, just hours be­fore Amer­i­cans headed to the polls on Elec­tion day.

Some­one had thrown a rock through his 15-year-old daugh­ter’s bed­room win­dow, and Qureshi and his fam­ily be­lieve they were aim­ing for a Hil­lary Clin­ton sign she had placed there.

Qureshi’s daugh­ter, Sophia, worked for Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign lead­ing up to the elec­tion. She said she was not hurt, but con­fused, and de­scribed her neigh­bor­hood as “rel­a­tively safe.”

How­ever, her fa­ther be­lieved it was a scare tac­tic.

“This is a way of try­ing to in­tim­i­date us,” Wasif said. “We won’t stand down for this.”

Qureshi said he came to the United States in 2000 to es­cape in­tim­i­da­tion in Pak­istan. Both him and his daugh­ter are fol­low­ers of Is­lam, and Qureshi is the chair of the Penn­syl­va­nia branch of Emerge USA, an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to help­ing Mus­lim, south Asian and Arab Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties get in­volved in civic life.

Also prior to the in­ci­dent, Qureshi had given an in­ter­view to a West Ch­ester po­lit­i­cal blog about Emerge USA. The blog run by Nathaniel Smith, pub­lished the ar­ti­cle on Nov. 6.

They have lived in their cur­rent neigh­bor­hood, a small de­vel­op­ment off of Route 52 in Pocopson for about 10 years. State po­lice said they had re­ceived a re­port of crim­i­nal mis­chief at about 1:30 a.m., and troop­ers had ar­rived on scene at about 1:45 a.m. and at this time, do not have any in­for­ma­tion about the sus­pects.

The fol­low­ing re­ports were re­leased by lo­cal and state po­lice.


Three masked rob­bers forced their way into a res­i­dence in the

200 block of Woller­ton Al­ley, tied up the res­i­dents, and stole money be­fore flee­ing, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The rob­bers al­legedly broke into the res­i­dence on Nov. 8, shortly after 8 p.m., tied up the vic­tims, and de­manded money. Po­lice said the rob­bers be­gan search­ing for money after they tied up the vic­tims, and then fled the res­i­dence.

Po­lice said the vic­tims were able to free them­selves, con­tact their friends and the po­lice.

Po­lice ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call 610-4361333

or 610-696-2700.

Honey Brook Town­ship

Lawrence Wal­ter Bean, 22, of Honey Brook was charged with theft and tres­pass­ing-re­lated charges shortly be­fore 3 a.m., Oct. 29 after he al­legedly en­tered a Turkey Hill con­ve­nience store in Honey Brook Town­ship after the man­ager had told him never to come back. In­side the store, he also al­legedly stole 50 cig­a­rette lighters.

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