TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University police have arrested a man they say is responsible for damaging Islamic literature and a copy of the Quran at the campus library.
Police are investigating a motive for damage at the Hayden Library’s interfaith room on Wednesday. Before the arrest, the ASU Muslim Students Association called the damage a hate crime and posted photos of burned and torn pages with Arabic writing and damage to a wall.
Court records and a statement from ASU police say officers on Thursday arrested a 38-year-old homeless man after a witness saw him tear up several magazines and books and reported it to library staff. Officers connected him to the earlier damage of Islamic materials through surveillance footage.
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