Suspect Arrested for Islamic Center Vandalism
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On Monday, March 27, Fort Collins Police identified Joseph Scott Giaquinto (DOB 8/10/81) as the suspect in the Sunday vandalism incident at the Islamic Center of Fort Collins. Giaquinto was arrested Monday evening on the charges of Criminal Mischief (class 6 felony), 3rd Degree Trespass (class 1 petty offense), and Bias Motivated Crime (class 1 misdemeanor).
“We will not tolerate acts of hatred in our community, and I hope this arrest sends that message loud and clear,” said Police Chief John Hutto. “While the building can be repaired, this incident caused deeper hurt that won’t just go away. I urge all of our citizens to continue showing the kind of support and acceptance demonstrated at the Islamic Center rally on Sunday night.”
Giaquinto was booked into the Larimer County Jail. A booking photo is attached courtesy of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. All charges are merely an accusation, and suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Original Press Release
At 5:39 a.m. on March 26, 2017, Fort Collins Police were notified of damage to the Fort Collins Islamic Center located at 925 W. Lake Street. Security footage indicated that the building was vandalized around 4 a.m. when a male in his late teens or early 20s overturned benches, broke windows, and threw a biblical text into the building. A still photo from the surveillance video is attached. Segments of the video can be seen online at https://youtu.be/rpEowhSgk0k.
Detectives from the Criminal Impact Unit were assigned to this case and are actively working to gather facts and identify a suspect. This incident is being investigated as a bias-motivated crime.
“This incident has a very real impact on our Muslim friends and neighbors,” said Police Chief John Hutto. “The criminal act against their sacred space is unacceptable. Right now, we need our community’s help identifying the suspect so he can be held accountable.”
Anyone with information about the suspect or incident is encouraged to contact Fort Collins Detective Justin Gallimore at 970-224-6130 or amdhbGxpbW9yZUBmY2dvdi5jb20=. People can also call Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous.