Vandalism at mosque not hate-crime related, police say

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 3:46pm

The early morning break-in and vandalism of the Al-Farooq Islamic Center on 4th Avenue South is not believed to have been a planned crime, according to Metro Nashville Police Department chief Steve Anderson.

Kyler Wilson, 27, was arrested on Monday morning for damaging items inside the mosque. A cab driver found Wilson, wearing only boxer shorts, inside a car parked at the Islamic Center. Wilson allegedly broke into the building and overturned several items including a water cooler, vending machine and a microwave.

Police said Wilson was cooperative when they found him sleeping inside a car at another business at 1500 2nd Avenue South.

Wilson told police he had been drinking heavily the night before and had no animosity toward any religion or group. He is being charged with burglary and felony vandalism.

The Al-Farooq Islamic Center was vandalized in 2010 with anti-Muslim graffiti. There was no graffiti found in the mosque on Monday.

5 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 2/11/13 at 3:35

He would have been given a medal of honor had it been a Christian Church. Lord knows we never want to offend Muslims who want to see us dead.

By: courier37027 on 2/11/13 at 10:27

Mr. Wilson need not worry about jail time. Based on the way local courts handle repeat offenders, Mr. Wilson needs about 350 more break-ins before he is considered a threat.

By: grid on 2/12/13 at 8:31

While I am not a religious person, I see vandalizing a place of worship as extremely disrespectful. Hopefully, the repair & replacement costs to the center will be minimal.

I've been fortunate to have met a number of muslims over the years, and all have been very decent & upstanding folks.

By: Loner on 2/13/13 at 6:01

Jughead, the crackpot with the crock for a cranium, is convinced that the Muslims are coming to get us...they will destroy the Constitution and Sharia Law will become the law of the land in the USA....the Israelis love American idiots like the Jug....thanks to scaredy cats like that, US aid to the apartheid Jewish state is safe and sound....Uncle Sam will do the dirty work, to make Palestine safe for Jewish supremacy and faith-based apartheid....thanks to Muslim-hating American idiots like Jughead.

By: GUARDIAN on 2/13/13 at 1:19

AMEN!!!... Jughead . the communist and supporters of the "evil" claiming to be a religion will be crying out at your truth in words... GUARDIAN-GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY and FRIENDS. The American Way.