Police arrest woman accused of vandalizing downtown mosque

Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 4:39 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Police arrested an 18-year-old woman in connection with the vandalism of the Islamic Center of Charleston.

Hailey Elizabeth Riddle is charged with malicious injury to a place of worship, police spokesman Charles Francis said. Bond was set at $5,000.

Police say the vandalism was found on Jan 19 and Jan. 30 at the King Street mosque. The vandalism consisted of the words “Utterly Blessed” on the north side of the building written in pink and blue paint.

Francis said tips to Crime Stoppers helped investigators.

The incident on Jan. 30 was the second case of vandalism to the building in two weeks, police said.

Riddle is being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

College of Charleston President Andrew Hsu released the following statement:

I am disappointed to write that we have been made aware that one of our students was arrested by Charleston Police today in connection with recent acts of vandalism at the Islamic Center of Charleston on King Street. As the investigation is continuing and out of respect for the judicial process, we will withhold judgment at this time.

That being said, the College condemns any act of aggression, hatred or disrespect toward any individual or place of worship based on religious affiliation. We teach our students the core values of respect, diversity and community and hold them accountable to these principles.

Our values are who we are as an institution and as a community. They are our promise to each other and provide valuable and necessary common ground.

Any member of our campus community who is found to be involved in such aggressive, hateful or disrespectful activity will be dealt with through the appropriate law enforcement authorities and/or in accordance with the College’s codes of conduct and institutional policies.

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