4
| Crime |

Have You Seen Woman Sought in Arson, Hate Crime at Colorado Muslim Society?

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office doesn't describe a fire started at the Colorado Muslim Society as a hate crime — at least not yet.

But the folks at the society certainly do, even though the woman seen in surveillance footage around the time the flames came to life wears what appears to be traditional Muslim garb.

According to the ACSO, the blaze started at around 6 p.m. on May 8.

The location: a stairwell inside the Colorado Muslim Society, 2071 South Parker Road.

Around that time, surveillance footage at the society captured the image of the woman seen above.

The sheriff's office doesn't specifically describe her as a suspect. Rather, she's said to possibly have "information that would assist with the investigation."

As for the fire itself, CBS4 reveals that it was set with the use of an unnamed book splashed with an accelerant. Here's one look at the results....

...and another:

In a conversation with the station, Colorado Muslim Society office manager Kamal Hassan makes it clear that he and others see the fire as an attack.

“We have to know who tried to destroy our organization,” he says, adding, "It is a hate crime because you are harming the community of the Muslims."

If you recognize the woman in the photograph or other helpful knowledge, you're encouraged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720=913-STOP (7867), which is offering a reward of up to $2,000 in the case.

Here's the aforementioned CBS4 report.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.