Investigators in Colorado arrested on Monday a man suspected of throwing a “biblical text” inside a mosque after smashing windows and a glass door of the Islamic center and overturning furniture inside, police said.
Joseph Giaquinto, 35, was taken into custody and accused of criminal mischief, trespassing and a bias-motivated crime at the Fort Collins Islamic Center on Sunday, the Fort Collins Police Department said in a statement.
Police Chief John Hutto said the incident had a “very real impact” on the city’s Muslim community.
“We will not tolerate acts of hatred in our community, and I hope this arrest sends that message loud and clear,” Hutto said in a statement. “While the building can be repaired, this incident caused deeper hurt that won’t just go away.”
Security footage showed a man kicking an exterior door at the center at about 4 a.m. local time on Sunday. The suspect overturned benches, broke windows and threw a biblical text into the building, police said.