Steve Elturk knows there could be some backlash when he opens Warren’s first mosque later this year. He learned Wednesday he may not have to wait that long.

Elturk was at the mosque — the Islamic Organization of North America, on Ryan south of 12 Mile — about 8:15 p.m. when a man started shouting racial epithets at him.

“He was standing by the sign, and he said he was going to desecrate the sign,” Elturk of Troy said Thursday. “He said, ‘I hate you. I hate Muslims.'”

Elturk said the man took off a jacket and moved toward him in a “threatening way.”

The man, Terry E. Brown, 37, of Warren, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to 21 days in the Macomb County Jail, Warren police said.

Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he will ask the county Prosecutor’s Office to file an ethnic intimidation charge.

“In light of the circumstances. . .we’re going to ask that the man be charged with a hate crime,” Walid said.


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