DoorDash driver assaulted at Lake Minnetonka home says he was racially abused

The driver says the man punched him and told him to "go back to where you came from."
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A Twin Cities food delivery driver was physically assaulted and allegedly told to "go back to where you came from" by a resident in Shorewood on Thursday.

In an announcement Wednesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) pledged their support for Haarun Galbayte, a Somali immigrant who lives in Eden Prairie.

Galbayte was making a DoorDash delivery on Oct. 27 when was attacked by a man on the 5000 block of St. Albans Bay Road in Shorewood, according to a police report.

Galbayte accused the man of punching him three times through his car window, yelling at him and saying: "Eden Prairie is not your home. Go back to where you came from." 

South Lake Minnetonka Police Department was called to the scene and cited the man, identified as 54-year-old Michael Dean Anderson, with misdemeanor fifth-degree assault–inflict or attempt bodily harm. 

The incident happened around 9:50 a.m., with South Lake Minnetonka PD saying that the suspect "was dissatisfied as to where the delivery driver had left the food order." 

But CAIR-MN is urging prosecutors to include "hate crime enhancements" to the charges, saying "a simple mistaken placing of food" is "not an accurate portrayal of exactly what happened," according to Sahan Journal

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department continues to investigate. 

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