Video shows man accused of vandalizing Sunset Park mosque
Police are searching for a man seen in surveillance video vandalizing a mosque in Sunset Park and suspected of breaking windows at another one Saturday evening.
Cameras outside the Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center on Sixth Avenue recorded one incident Saturday around 5:20 p.m.
The video shows the suspect damage a camera, and police say he also smashed windows before fleeing down 62nd Street.
Police describe the suspect as an Asian man last seen wearing a black, hooded coat, blue jeans and white sneakers.
Borough President Eric Adams joined a group of religious leaders at the mosque Monday afternoon to condemn the vandalism in solidarity. He also urged religious centers around the area to step up their security.
"This is really unacceptable, and if we remain silent, then it sends a message that we tolerate violence," Adams said. "We have to be as vocal as possible whenever some form of hate is displayed."
At the American Muslim Association, the suspect allegedly used a hammer to smash a door handle and mailbox.
The NYPD's hate crimes unit is investigating, police say.
Authorities say the suspect appears to be unaffiliated with the mosques.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.