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Couple Says They Were Escorted Out of a Mall Because They Are Muslim

Alan Crawford and Daphne Ridenour are Muslims who wear traditional Muslim attire such as a head scarf for Daphne and a robe for Alan. They were shopping at the Central mall in Fort Smith, Arkansas when shoppers reported them to mall security.

Officer Anthony Cox wrote in a police report, “I had two unknown subjects come up to me and advise me that a male subject wearing a robe was video recording everyone in the mall and he was video-taping the entrances of several stores."

Mall security informed Crawford he was not allowed to film inside the mall and escorted him, his wife and small son off the property.

Patrons shared posts of the family being escorted out with captions such as “Muslims have been scoping the layout of the mall.” Since Tuesday, the post has been shared almost 1,000 times. The Facebook user also accuses the Crawford family of “hollering alqueda (sic).” The police report only says they were filming.

Alan Crawford told 5News “I would probably absolutely destroy a bacon cheeseburger or some fries with bacon on them, or something like that. When we were scouting out the mall, quote-unquote, we ate a load of bacon cheese fries, which ISIS would happily kill me for.” Devout Muslims do not usually eat pork.

Crawford added that he found it suspect that five police officers showed up to “enforce mall law” when he voluntarily followed their orders. Crawford also denied filming mall store entrances. So far, no charges have been filed.

Authorities told 5News that there was no evidence of a terror plot against the mall.

Photo: 5 News Online

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