California man suspected of vandalizing Islamic center

Dec 27, 2014 8:15 PM by News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Central California say they have arrested a man suspected of vandalizing an Islamic center.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Saturday that 28-year-old Asif Mohammad Khan caused more than $10,000 in damage at the Islamic Cultural Center. Dyer said Khan broke windows, poured bleach on an American flag and vandalized a nearby medical office.

Dyer says that at first investigators suspected the case might be a hate crime because a mosque was targeted.

He says that after talking with Khan, Fresno police investigators will let the FBI decide whether to file hate crime charges.

Khan's sister, Samia Khan, says her brother suffers from mental illness and isn't guilty of committing a hate crime.

She says her family is a part of Fresno's Muslim community and issued an apology.

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