FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KKTV) - An Army medic who served in Iraq and Korea is facing charges for allegedly vandalizing a Fort Collins mosque.
Joseph Giaquinto, 35, was arrested Monday, one day after the Islamic Center of Fort Collins reported someone threw rocks and a Bible at the building. His father confirmed his military history.
"He came armed with a screwdriver. Thank God no one was here," the center wrote on Facebook alongside a photo of the screwdriver the suspect discarded outside the building.
The assailant broke three back door glass panels and left a chair hanging out of one of the door handles. The mosque said he never made it inside, but threw the rock and a Bible into the prayer hall before he fled. The incident happened around 4 a.m. Sunday.
The damage prompted the center to cancel religious classes for children and was condemned by local law enforcement and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis. The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate the vandalism as a possible hate crime.
Fort Collins Police Chief John Hutto called the crime "unacceptable."