Man Arrested For Burglary, Vandalism Of Nashville Mosque
Kyler A. Wilson
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police have arrested a man in connection with the burglary and vandalism of a south Nashville mosque early Monday morning.
Police took 27-year-old Kyler A. Wilson into custody around 7 a.m. after they found him sleeping in only his boxer shorts inside a vehicle outside a business on 2nd Avenue South. Police believe he was the man that broke into the Al-Farooq Islamic Center on 4th Avenue South around 3:30 a.m. Monday.
A cabbie told police he was driving by the center, and noticed a parked vehicle with a door open, and a man wearing only boxer shorts insdie. He stopped, and the man told him that "he needed his space," and fled the scene on foot.
The cab driver then noticed that the building had suffered damage. Several windows were broken, and items inside, including tables, a vending machine, microwave, and water cooler, had been overturned. Two hearses in the parking lot also had their windshields broken.
"He went through a window, went inside, and demolished everything inside," said member Hassam Mohamed.
Wilson told police after his arrest that he drank heavily on Sunday night, and did not remember anything that happened on Monday morning. He added that he has no animosity toward any religion or group.
Wilson was charged with burglary and felony vandalism. The FBI will determine whether any federal law was violated.
This is not the first time the mosque has been vandalized. In February 2010, someone spray painted the words "Muslims Go Home" on the building. A profanity-laced hand written note was also left behind that disparaged the prophet Mohammed and even advocated the eradication of Muslims.
No arrests were ever made in what authorities called a hate crime.