A Faribault teen who allegedly used racially derogatory language while spraying a family of Somalis with water charged June 3 in Rice County District Court.

Zachariah Joseph Manahan, 18, is charged with stalking because of bias, a felony, along with gross misdemeanor third-degree criminal damage to property because of bias and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Court documents state Faribault police officers were dispatched at approximately 7:19 p.m. Saturday to the 1700 block of Third Street SW on a report of a disturbance involving someone spilling water inside a residence.

When officers arrived, they allegedly saw a group of Somalis, including several young children, outside the residence and learned that a male, who lived to the west of house, sprayed the family with a garden house attached to a pressure washer.

“The male also sprayed their upstairs living room with water through a window,” court documents state. Court documents state officers went to a house west of the address and saw Manahan exit the residence.

“(Manahan) admitted he was attempting to spray the fence, not the neighbors,” court documents state.

One of the alleged victims, a girl, said Manahan was spraying her and her siblings with the hose and swearing at them, using profanity and racially derogatory language. She said Manahan had sprayed water at her and her siblings three times Saturday while yelling about “Somalians.”

Items inside the victims’ house, including a rug underneath a window, a piece of furniture, children’s clothing and other items near the window were described as drenched with water.

“We welcome the charges brought against this suspect who allegedly terrorized Muslim children, and hope they send the message that bias-motivated acts of violence will not be tolerated in our state or nation,” Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a Wednesday press release posted on the organization’s website.

District Court Judge Christine Anne Long set conditional bail for Manahan at $1,000, contingent on him not entering the residence of the alleged victims, not having any contact with them and remaining law-abiding.

As of Wednesday morning, Manahan was in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 25.

Reach Associate Editor Sam Wilmes at 507-645-1115.

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