Police Identify Man Responsible for Qur'an Desecration

EAST LANSING - Police say the man responsible for burning pages of the Qur'an outside the Islamic Center has identified himself to police. East Lansing Police Captain Kim Johnson says the man called police on Wednesday, after learning a $10,000 reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the incident. Police interviewed the man in person. Capt. Johnson says the man believed he would eventually be turned in, so he came forward on his own. Police are not identifying the man. He is not under arrest at this time.

Detectives are completing their report, and it will be up to the prosecutor to decide whether there will be criminal charges. That report should be completed by early next week.

Captain Johnson says the man is from Lansing and is being cooperative. He could not elaborate on why the man desecrated the Islamic holy book. Police do not believe any other individuals are responsible.

Burnt pages of a Qur'an were found outside the Islamic center on Harrison Road in the early morning hours of September 11th.


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