A Titusville man has been accused of desecrating a Florida mosque, after wrecking it with a machete and leaving strips of bacon at the entrance of the worship site.
The attack took place on Friday, January 1st, at around 11 p.m., and targeted the Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF) Masjid Al Mumim mosque, located on South Washington Avenue, in Titusville.
The identity of the perpetrator, revealed as 35-year old Michael Wolfe, was established after law enforcement analyzed footage taken by surveillance cameras as the vandalizing act unfolded.
In the video, Wolfe is shown gaining access into the car shelter pertaining to the place of worship. Afterwards, he can be seen extracting a machete from a bag, and wielding it savagely, attempting to cause as much harm as possible to the property.
In the attack, Wolfe manages to smash windows and lights, while also destroying security cameras that had been installed more conspicuously. Luckily, he doesn’t destroy all the surveillance devices, which is why every second of the crime is recorded, without the footage being damaged in any way,
At the end of the assault, the man can be seen leaving bacon on the mosque’s door, and afterwards quickly fleeing the scene.
Due to this compelling evidence against him, Wolfe was apprehended by police officers on Monday, January 4, and has been accused of criminal mischief involving a mosque, considered to be a felony of the third degree.
At the moment, he is being kept behind bars, on a bail amounting to $2,000, at the Brevard County Jail, and his arraignment is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, January 5.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Muslim community have condemned Wolfe’s actions, insisting that they’re an obvious act of Islamophobia, given the fact that pork is prohibited from being consumed or even touched, according to the Holy Quran.
Actually, such violations involving pork or pigs have been committed before by individuals trying to attack the Muslim religion and its followers.
For example, a pig’s head was discovered on December 7 right in front of the Al Aqsa Islamic Society in Philadelphia, after being ejected from a speeding car the night before.
Another such case was reported in Las Vegas, on Sunday, December 27, at the Masjid-e-Tawheed mosque. At the time, a man whose identity has remained a mystery was filmed while being involved in the same activity as the one included in Michael Woolfe’s arraignment.
He had similarly been placing bacon strips on the mosque’s door knobs and fences, which suggests that Woolfe may have been inspired by that hate crime, and decided to commit a copycat gesture of defiance, against Islam followers.
Since the man didn’t actually rob the mosque also, the desecration appears to have been strictly motivated by his own religious prejudices, Muslim leaders have recently declared.
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