Police probe attempted break-in at Arab American News
While staff members were working on this week's edition of the Arab American News, surveillance video shows two men attempting to break the glass door.
Police are looking for two male suspects who tried to break into the Arab American News office early Friday as staff worked inside.
“What’s troubling about this event is it was obvious there were people inside ... yet these two individuals tried to damage the property,” Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said.
The incident occurred after 2 a.m. Friday as staff worked on deadline to finish its weekly paper for publication, said Haddad, who added that is a normal routine for the paper.
In surveillance video released Friday, two men are seen looking through the glass front door and windows of the office on Chase Road, just north of Ford Road. One of the suspects is seen pulling the door handle while talking to the second suspect. About a minute later, he is seen hitting the door with a hammer four times, causing damage to the glass.
“Worse than that, they violated the peace and tranquility to those employees there,” Haddad said. “That’s totally unacceptable.”
Motive is unclear at this time, police said.
Haddad said there have been no previously reported incidents at the newspaper’s office and there isn’t a crime trend in the area that would lend itself to an incident like this. He said police will investigate if the incident has a connection to other crimes.
In the newspaper’s own report on the attempted break-in, publisher Osama Siblani said the incident will not deter the paper from its journalistic mission.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Dearborn Police anonymous tip line at (313) 943-3012 or the Dearborn Police suspicious activity line at (313) 943-3030.