Man arrested for reportedly attacking volunteer at Rochester mosque
A man is in police custody after allegedly attacking a volunteer at the mosque in downtown Rochester over the weekend.
Police arrested Abbas Mohamed, 25, Monday night in the 500 block of Third Avenue SE. A caller reported a suspicious male hanging out in the area. When officers arrived, one of them recognized Mohamed as a suspect from an incident the night before at the mosque.
According to a police report, Mohamed tried to assault a volunteer serving food Sunday night at the mosque, located at 17 N Broadway Avenue. Worshipers were able to restrain Mohamed, who fled on foot before officers arrived.
Witnesses said that Mohamed was holding what appeared to be knives. Officers later found several steak knifes in his possession, notes the report.
Mohamed apparently became enraged after the volunteer refused to let him cut in line for food. No one was injured. Police said the mosque has had trouble with Mohamed in the past.
Muslims across the world are currently celebrating Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Observant Muslims do not eat or drink during the daylight hours of Ramadan.