By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Two men attempted to break into the Arab American News, 5706 Chase Road, March 11 after several shots were fired.
Police responded to the building about 2:30 a.m. after employees heard loud bangs outside near the back door where a hole was found in the glass.
Eleven employees were in the building finishing the latest issue of the newspaper and were visible to the suspects.
Security footage showed the two men lurking outside the building’s back entrance before shattering the glass with a blunt object, police said.
Employees were able to hide in a safe area where they called police.
No one was injured during the incident and officers were able to determine that no shots were fired.
“This cowardly attack will not deter us from continuing our journalistic mission,” Arab American News Owner and Publisher Osama Siblani said on the newspaper’s website. “We have been here for 31 years. We have endured many threats in the past and they have not moved us from continuing to report the truth. We were fortunate that no one was harmed.”
The two men left the scene in a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
The men were described as black, one was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a worded logo and black pants while the other had on a red and black jacket with stripes and the word “unstoppable” on the back.
Dearborn police are investigating the incident.
“What is particularly disturbing about this crime is that brazen suspects made violent efforts to gain entry into the building which was clearly occupied by newspaper staff,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said.
“We have a dedicated team of detectives and forensic specialists that are diligently following up on every investigative lead. We will use all available resources to apprehend the suspects responsible for this crime as quickly as possible.”
Anyone with information on the incident or suspects can call the Dearborn Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 313-943-3012 or suspicious activity line at 313-943-3030.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)