This is the surveillance footage that led to the arrest of a Colorado man who now faces a variety of charges for vandalizing his local Islamic center, an act that local authorities have decried as fundamentally detrimental to the community.
Joseph Scott Giaquinto has been charged with a felony charge of criminal mischief, one count of third-degree trespass, and one count of bias-motivated crime for defacing the Fort Collins Islamic Center.
In a statement, Police Chief John Hutto warned that Giaquinto’s arrest is representative of how the department will treat any similar incidents.
“While the building can be repaired, this incident caused deeper hurt that won’t just go away,” he said. “I urge all of our citizens to continue showing the kind of support and acceptance demonstrated at the Islamic Center rally on Sunday night.”
Authorities claim that the 35-year-old used rocks to shatter the Islamic center’s windows before throwing a Bible through the debris. Surveillance video shows the suspect gathering rocks and attempting to kick down a door.
On Sunday evening, local residents – including a contingent from the nearby Colorado State University – held a rally to support the Islamic center and show solidarity for those affected by the vandalism.