SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Santa Fe police say they cannot arrest the man they suspect of writing the word terrorist in front of a Muslim man’s store.
Business owner Mohamed “Ziggy” Rzig says he found the word written in chalk outside the Pyramid Cafe on Sunday.
Santa Fe Police Department Lt. Sean Strahon says the act is not being considered a hate crime and because no physical damages were made, prosecutors cannot press charges.
Rzig says a man to his cafe Saturday upset and called him and his employees terrorists. Since the cafe has no outdoor cameras, Rzig has no evidence to prove that the same man wrote the word.
Strahon says the suspect appears to be mentally ill and added that department has been trying to get him help.