FBI Offers $2,000 Reward in Albq. Hate Crime Case

FBI News:

The FBI is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for attacking and robbing an Albuquerque woman while yelling obscenities about Muslims.

The FBI, which is working closely with the Albuquerque Police Department on this case, is investigating this incident as a hate crime.

On June 5, 2014, an unknown masked man forced his way into the victim’s home in Albuquerque. The victim said the suspect punched her in the head and stomach while yelling obscenities about Muslims. The victim and her family are not Muslim, and immigrated to the United States in 2008.

The victim said the man ordered her to show him where her gold and money were located. A substantial amount of gold and cash was reportedly stolen. The suspect also tore up citizenship papers belonging to the victim and her family.

“A man forcing himself into a woman’s home, beating her up, and robbing her is a crime that should make people angry,” said Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque FBI Division. “When such an attacker also denigrates what he perceives to be his victim’s religion, it should make all Americans feel disgusted. The FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department take this crime very seriously, and we will leave no stone unturned until we bring this culprit to justice.”

The suspect is described as being approximately 5’9” to 5’10” tall with a pale complexion, blue eyes and large muscles. He wore a black ski mask that covered his whole head (except for his eyes), blue winter gloves, a baggy, yellow short-sleeved polo shirt with no markings, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the FBI in Albuquerque at 505.889.1300 (24 hours) or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 505.843-STOP. Tips also can be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov.

Detailed information about the FBI’s Civil Rights Program, including the fight against hate crimes, can be found at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights.