A Muslim man's car was vandalized and a racist note was left behind in an
incident that police are investigating as a hate crime.
The incident is the first reported hate crime directed at a Muslim in
Tucson this year, said Sgt. Marco Borboa, a Tucson Police Department
The vandalism was discovered shortly after midnight Aug. 23, according to a
police report. The man's car was parked near the entrance of an apartment
complex near East Fort Lowell and North Country Club roads and the front
windshield had been smashed with a large rock and three tires slashed. A
note was taped to the rear window, saying "You are not welcome here!! Go
home you stupid (expletives)!!" according to the police report.
The man is a U.S. citizen who was born in Jordan and recently moved to
Tucson from Phoenix.
A spokeswoman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic
Relations said the incident is part of a disturbing pattern of recent
incidents of vandalism reported by Muslims across the nation.
In the past month, cars belonging to Muslims have been reportedly
vandalized in New York, Virginia, New Jersey and a fire was intentionally
set at a Muslim store in McAllen, Texas, said CAIR spokeswoman Rabiah
Ahmed. Assaults or anti-Muslim slurs have also been reported in the past
month in Buffalo, N.Y., Illinois and California