- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) - Police in Maine say a case of vandalism at a Halal market was a drunken incident and not a hate crime.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2rwU1Ic ) that 40-year-old Jeremiah Gleason, of Westbrook, was charged with aggravated criminal mischief Friday. Police say Gleason threw a can of alcohol through a window at the Tigris Market in Westbrook.

The market sells Middle Eastern food, rugs and cigarettes.

Investigators say there is no evidence of a hate crime. Authorities instead say it was a drunken rampage.

The Neighbor to Neighbor program posted on Facebook about the crime and encouraged residents to support Tigris. Neighbor to Neighbor is a community program that helps immigrants acclimate to Westbrook.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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