• Machete-wielding man vandalizes Titusville mosque, leaves bacon


    TITUSVILLE, Fla. - The Titusville Police Department is seeking a man who vandalized a downtown mosque, which the Council on American-Islamic Relations says may be a hate crime.

    Titusville police said surveillance footage from The Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque, located at 1011 South Washington Ave., shows a man arriving in the carport at 11 p.m. Friday.

    Officers said the suspect pulled a machete from a bag and used the machete to cause the damage to the mosque.

    Several cameras, lights and windows were broken. Bacon was also left by the front door of the mosque.

    “The use of pork in an incident of this type is one clear indicator of a possible bias motive for the vandalism,” said CAIR Florida Regional Operations Director Nezar Hamze.

    Anyone with information is urged to call the Titusville Police Department at (321) 264-7800 or can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by calling Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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