East lansing Mayor Vic Loomis hopes a $10,000 reward will help the city identify a suspect in last weekend's Quran burning.
"We're very serious about finding who perpetrated this deplorable act, so we have established a reward fund up to 10 thousand dollars," the mayor said.
The mayor encourages anyone who wants to to add to that fund, Calling the act an affront to the entire East Lansing community. An investigation is underway but the rest is up in the air. Police Captain Kim Johnson says the prosecutors would determine what charges--if any--would be brought against a suspect.
Meanwhile they've stepped up patrols in the area. East Lansing police say while there havent been any threats to the Islamic Center or its members...The increased security is one way to show their support. The Islamic Center says its overwhelmed with community support.
The show of support and commitment to getting this situation resolved...it's been inspirational," said Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji, spokesperson for the center. "If this is the outcome of that horrible act, then we've been very blessed, and we're blessed with that type of leadership."
Dr. Katranji says he's disgusted by Muslims' attacks on churches in India--attacks some say come in response to Quran desecrations here.
"Within the Quran itself it commands us to respect other religions, other religious symbols, religious houses and property, and their holy books," he said.
The Islamic Center says it is willing to donate to fix any damage that's been done to Christian property in India.