Man arrested for vandalizing mosque on Florida's Space Coast

AP News
|
Posted: Jan 05, 2016 4:44 AM

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of vandalizing a mosque along Florida's Space Coast, with lights and windows smashed by a machete and bacon left at the scene, has been arrested.

Officers in the city of Titusville say 35-year-old Michael Scott Wolfe was taken into custody Monday. Online jail records show he's charged with criminal mischief of a religious building.

Authorities say the suspect went to the Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque Jan. 1.

Surveillance video shows the suspect entering the mosque's carport late at night when no one was there and using a machete to smash cameras, lights and windows.

Police say the bacon was left by the front door. Consumption of pork and products made from pork is forbidden in Islam.

Wolfe remains behind bars. It isn't clear if he has an attorney.

___

This version corrects the wording of the charge the suspect faces.