DEARBORN (WWJ/AP) – The U.S. Justice Department says the FBI is joining local law enforcement agencies to investigate vandalism at Muslim and Sikh houses of worship in the Detroit area.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and Detroit FBI chief Andrew Arena announced Thursday that federal authorities will participate in the probes of two attacks that happened this month in suburban Detroit.READ MORE: Peace Officer Awards Ceremony Honors Life-Saving Heroes, First Responders In Oxford High School Tragedy
On Monday, the American Moslem Bekka Center in Dearborn was vandalized with graffiti, including the words “Chaldean Mob” spray painted across the front of the building.
On Feb. 6, a Sikh gurdwara under construction in Sterling Heights was vandalized with graffiti, including a misspelling of the name of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, along with the misspelled message “Don’t Build.”READ MORE: Comcast Rise Awarding Grants To 100 Minority-Owned Small Businesses
A federal hate crimes law makes it a crime to deface or destroy places of religious worship.
“We view these attacks as hate crimes, and we want to assure the public that we are investigating them vigorously,” McQuade said. “All residents of Michigan should feel safe from attack on their places of worship.”
The FBI says anyone with information about either attack should call the bureau at (313) 965-2323.MORE NEWS: More Than $3 Billion In Auto Insurance Refunds Issued To Michigan Drivers -- What To Do If You Didn't Get Yours
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