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Minneapolis Police make arrest in East African Business vandalism

Police say it's too early in the investigation to determine a motive.

Minneapolis police say a 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with vandalism to a group of East-African businesses in the Seward neighborhood.

At Capitol Café, Abdi Awad tries to carry on with his business despite the fear and anxiety he and his customers are feeling. His business was vandalized early Wednesday morning with several of his windows being damaged. Awad says his business suffered hundreds of dollars in damage.

"Cost us a lot of emotional feelings. Financially and emotionally," said Awad.

Capitol Café is one of several East African owned businesses hit along East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis that morning. Surveillance video shows a man throwing an object at the Seward Market and Halal Meat business along East Franklin Avenue. 

The crime strikes fear in many, including Firehwoit Bezabih at the business adjacent to Capitol Café. Her business was not among those vandalized, but she and many others believe these businesses were targeted.

"I've been here since 2006 and I never see this happen," said Bezabih.

"You can definitely tell it was targeting," said another business owner.

Minneapolis Police say it's too early to determine a motive in the vandalism spree.

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