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Hate Crime Suspect Arrested After Vandalizing a Mosque With Bacon

If convicted, the suspect can face up to six years in prison

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In the Muslim’s divine book, The Holy Qur’an forbids the consumption of pork meat.

On Jan. 22, the Islamic Center of Davis, in Northern California, was found vandalized with broken doors and windows, bike tires slashed, and bacon (a food forbidden by Muslim dietary laws) left on door handles. This week, a suspect in the hate crime was arrested.

Lauren Kirk-Coehlo, 30, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 14 and faces felony charges of vandalism with a hate crime and vandalism of a church, Fox 40 reported.

Kirk-Coehlo’s bail was increased from $40,000 to $1,000,000 after one arresting officer claimed that she made references to killing people in court documents.

Community members and students from the University of California Davis chipped in and started an online fundraiser raising $22,166 that helped cover costs of repairs to the house of worship.

“We will continue to work on the Masjid [mosque] to make it as safe as possible, and we would like to urge our community to remain positive in light of the recent events. We have a lot of support here in this community. At the same time, we urge everyone to remain safe,” the ICD said in a statement on its website.


To read about a Muslim man who went on a hunger strike after being served pork in a detention center, click here.