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Reward offered in hate crime

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2001

ANCHORAGE Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch pledged the city would raise $10,000 in reward money for information leading to those who tore apart Mike Maad's printing business on Saturday and spray-painting "We hate Arabs" across one wall. The money also will be used to assist in creating a fund to help pay Maad's uninsured losses, including some payroll costs.

Workers at Frontier Printing Services on Monday gathered smashed computer monitors and cleaned broken glass. It was the first workday since Maad, a Syrian-born businessman, found his business vandalized.

Police are focusing on the state offenses of burglary and vandalism, while FBI agents are pursuing the incident as a hate crime that could bring federal civil rights charges. Alaska does not have a state hate crimes law.

"It's a way for this community to establish very clearly that this not only was a crime against you as individuals and your company," Wuerch said. "But it's a crime against this whole city."



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