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Man sought for destroying and robbing Minneapolis mosque

  • Tawfiq Islamic Center, a mosque in south Minneapolis, was burglarized and vandalized on Sunday night.
  • Surveillance video at the mosque reportedly shows a hooded man forcing his way in, damaging doors and stealing money.
  • The suspect, who remains at large, was described to be a white male in his late 20’s to early 30’s.
  • The mosque is now fundraising after suffering more than $50,000 in losses and damages.
  • The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota (CAIR-MN) and the Islamic Society of Minnesota are offering a $6,000 reward for information that leads to the suspect’s arrest.

A mosque in south Minneapolis suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damages after a thief broke in and went on a destructive rampage on Sunday night.

The incident, which was caught on surveillance video, occurred at Tawfiq Islamic Center at the corner of Minnehaha Avenue and East 24th Street in the Seward neighborhood. It began around 11:17 p.m. and lasted until around midnight.

Gia Vang, first Hmong American TV news anchor in the Twin Cities, bids farewell at KARE 11

Gia Vang
  • Gia Vang, the first Hmong-American TV news anchor in the Twin Cities, bid farewell to Minnesota as a co-anchor of KARE 11 Sunrise on Friday.
  • The journalist made national news by co-founding the “Very Asian” campaign in January with Michelle Li, an anchor at the NBC affiliate in St. Louis, to fight racism.
  • Along with Yia Vang, the journalist also debuted “Hmonglish,” a podcast that explores the intersection of Hmong and American culture.
  • While Vang has yet to announce where she is headed, she previously suggested that she will be leaving Minnesota.

Gia Vang, the first Hmong American TV news anchor in the Twin Cities, has left the KARE 11 station.

Vang bid farewell to Minnesota as a co-anchor of “KARE 11 Sunrise” earlier today after announcing last week that she was leaving the station.