Man arrested over racist graffiti at Moorhead mosque

The 22-year-old is being held in the Clay County Jail.
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A man has been arrested in connection with the racist graffiti daubed on the Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center mosque.

Moorhead Police Department reported Tuesday evening that a 22-year-old local man has been taken into custody and is being held at the Clay County Jail.

Bring Me The News doesn't typically name suspects until they've been formally charged with a crime.

It comes after staff at the mosque at 2215 12th Avenue South discovered red spray paint on the exterior of the building early Sunday morning, with the graffiti including a Swastika, "Go to Hell," and the N-word.

The department said that it had identified the suspect via a combination of tips from the public, as well as "important information from a local business employee" that ultimately led to his identification.

Investigators have requested the Clay County Attorney's office to charge him with felony harassment and felony criminal damage to property, with the police department saying that "these crimes were enhanced due to hate related acts."

The Council of American-Islamic Relations Minnesota (CAIR-MN) have called on authorities to pursue the incident as a hate crime, and has also called on state lawmakers to pass legislation that treats hateful graffiti as a hate crime.

The incident is also being investigated by the FBI.

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