Group calls on DPD, FBI to investigate Islamic Center vandalism as hate crime


    If you recognize this man, contact Dayton Police. (Courtesy: DPD)

    DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on Dayton Police and the FBI to investigate vandalism at the Islamic Society of Dayton as a hate crime.

    Dayton Police released photos of the suspect on Tuesday afternoon, saying the man damaged several windows at the center on Josie Street. The vandalism happened on February 28 around 6 a.m.

    Police say the man used rocks or bricks to break at least three windows on the building.

    According to CAIR, the vandalism happened during the time of Islamic "fajr" prayers. Officials from CAIR joined members of the Al-Rahman Mosque at noon Wednesday to speak more about the vandalism.

    "We intentionally kept everything going on as normal because if we cancelled any prayers for god then bigotry wins," Greater Dayton Islamic Society Vice Chairman Dr. Ayman Salem said.

    Dayton Police released a statement, saying there is not enough evidence currently to determine if it is a bias crime at this point.

    If you recognize the suspect or have any information about the crime, call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP.

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