$5K offered to find suspect in hate crime

Seham Jaber hate crime victim

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The FBI has increased a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of a person who attacked a woman in her home while yelling obscenities against Muslims last summer. The FBI is now offering $5,000 and is working with the Albuquerque Police Department on the case.

Seham Jaber was beaten and robbed at her home in northeast Albuquerque on June 5 by a man who came to her door. Jaber said he was masked and wore gloves, and as soon as she opened the door, he started punching her in the face, cursing and making disparaging remarks about Muslims. Jaber said the man dragged her in to the bedroom and demanded jewelry and gold and ripped up the family’s citizenship documents.

Even though it seemed the man attacked because he hates Muslims, Jaber and her family aren’t Muslim; they’re actually Christian. The incident is being treated as a hate crime because of the intent.

Right after the attack, Jaber described in her native tongue how terrifying the attack was. She said would have never expected such violence. She and her family fled their native Iraq seven years ago after being attacked by terrorists there. In 2013, they became U.S. citizens.

The suspect is described as approximately 5-foot-9 with a pale complexion, blue eyes and large muscles. If you have any information, call APD or the FBI.

In addition to the $5,000 from the feds, Crimestoppers is also offering $1,000. The original reward offered by the FBI was $2,000.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the FBI in Albuquerque at 505-889-1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers anonymously, at 505-843-STOP. Tips can also be submitted online.

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