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Arrest made in Rhode Island mosque vandalism

Arrest made in Rhode Island mosque vandalism

North Smithfield police have arrested and charged a Cumberland man in connection with a case of vandalism at a local mosque.

Robert Scalso, 20, of Mendon Rd. is facing a misdemeanor charge of vandalism, police confirmed Monday morning.

Police said Scalso destroyed the sign outside Masjiad Al-Islam mosque on Sayles Hill Rd. earlier this month.

The crime was caught on surveillance camera Aug. 5 around 3 a.m. A person could be seen driving into the mosque’s parking lot and then smashing the sign with what appeared to be a hammer.

The crime happened the same day as a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, prompting mosque members to ask police and the FBI for additional protection.

They said they were concerned the vandalism might be part of a larger pattern against Muslims, or people perceived as Muslim.

North Smithfield police said the investigating is ongoing. Investigators have not released details on a possible motive.

WPRI, 20 August 2012


  1. Well good, I am glad that is settled. The man should pay to replace the sign.

  2. Glad they got him.

  3. I hope this isn’t just a ‘vandalism’ charge but considered a hate crime.

  4. Shame on him!

  5. “Justice will prevail.”-L

  6. “American Against Islamofobia” This is wrong to put every thing in Americans bucket. Most of these cases are individual react of mentally ill family who are not more then 2 or 3 %, Most of these people are more like Atheists. Most of Americans are cool and calm, they even are ignorant by the political, Geographical and religious issues. They react when they see a lots of repeatedly news and images to show they are alive. So we should take it easy.

  7. Hey that was up the road from where I grew up. So sorry about that happening! It doesn’t represent most people there.

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