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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  • by keith Location: Europe on Sep 20, 2010 at 11:18 PM
    Folks, The quran is NOT the bible - it is a book - and a rather viscous hate filled one at that. He has every right to burn this or any book, and as for where he left it - it seems to be a non-violent reply to the multitude of violent muslim requests these days. I call the murder of people in Ft. Hood a hate crime! Hasn't your police department got any real crimes to solve, and do you folks approve of 10,000 being wasted on the altar of politically correct behavior. You folks seem to have a very poor understanding of what integration means - I suggest you study the word before you lose your society - because you are under attack.
  • by Noneah on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    He should be protected by his FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. If you don't agree with that then you should have yours.
  • by Mariya Location: Lansing on Sep 19, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    Although, I don't agree with his actions by any means -- releasing his name would not help. The man has family that did not participate in his crime. They are innocent. Besides, I don't think Shannon wants his name to protect her kids. She wants an excuse to spread more hate and intolerance. When does it end? His hate, your hate -- neither is justifiable.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    i am so glad that some of you can twist anything to suit yourselves. It doesn't do any good to try an make a silk purse out of a sows ear. Several of you are as bad as any terrorist. Spiting nothing but hate. Makes one proud to live here. I know you can say as you like it's a free country. By the way Sandi is right IT IS A HATE CRIME. Not the burning of the book,but his leaving it where he did makes it a hate crime.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2010 at 08:16 AM
    SANDI, BOLOGNA! Our Bibles are BURNED everyday across the country across the world. Nobody calls it a hate crime, they just call those doing it Ignorant and a disgrace. Flags are burned as well here and abroad. I'd have to have you on any JURY. youre wrong, it's a book..He didnt set a human being on FIRE! IT's a BOOK.. made of paper ..If it was burned so be it..the quran is like Terrorists, you destroy one, there is 100 more to take its PLACE! Ya cant charge some with hate crimes, and let others go, all because of their Religion or race!
  • by Sandi on Sep 17, 2010 at 06:01 AM
    It's not just a book! Its a bible. There are just certin things you do not do. While burning it may have been his way of expressing his opinion. Leaving it on the steps of the Mosque makes it a hate crime. It's as bad as someone leaving a bag of S--- on your front steps and burning it. It's a hate crime.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2010 at 05:26 AM
    This is just like the 60's. When people tried to burn the flag.
  • by Sans on Sep 17, 2010 at 05:05 AM
    What did he do thrun himelf in for the reward? There is no excuse for what he did and he should be arrested.
  • by garrison Location: Western US on Sep 16, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    Geez, Shannon--why such hate and bigotry towards hillbillies? I find your hate of your potential neighbor disgusting. Where's the love? Finding burnt pages is not all that much different than finding torn pages. Woopee--I've found torn pages of religious material before and interpretted it as though someone didn't like it. Big deal. Do clean up the mess though, and don't make threats of violence or arson.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    IT's a BOOK!!!! He didnt commit MURDER , he didnt steal a CAR..HE BURNED A FREAKING BOOK!! let the guy go! he's entitled to his OPINIONS!! this is the USA remember!!
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