Vandalized Mosque Investigated as Hate Crime

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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Vandalized Mosque Investigated as Hate Crime

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Arlington police and the FBI are looking into vandalism at the Dar El-Eman Islamic Center mosque on the city's south side.

On Friday, police were alerted to "graffiti depicting explicit images" spray painted onto the parking lot.

Early Sunday morning, a fire was reported in the playground.  By the time officers arrived, the fire had apparently burned itself out.  There was extensive damage to the playground and equipment and arson is suspected.

Investigators have not yet determined if these two incidents are connected.

The agencies are actively looking into these occurrences and if there is any indication that a crime was committed based on race and/or religion that will be taken into consideration when presenting the case to the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.

Officers are investigating leads for a possible suspect and suspect vehicle, and ask anyone in the public if they have any information to please call the Arlington Police Department at 817-459-6640.


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