November 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

MORRISTOWN, [NJ]--Vandals struck five New Jersey churches with predominantly black congregations this weekend — incidents that police are investigating as possible hate crimes. The perpetrators destroyed the outside of the buildings overnight from Friday into Saturday, including shattering a stained glass window and damaging or breaking exterior signs, according to prosecutors. Authorities are looking into the episodes as bias crimes, which is New Jersey’s version of a hate crime, events it defines as “an offense with the purpose to intimidate an individual or group of individuals because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,   

November 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

BROOKLYN, [NY]--Thousands of Spectrum customers in Brooklyn and Queens were impacted by a network outage Thursday caused by vandals, according to the company. The cable and internet provider took to Twitter Thursday morning to confirm the outage, saying "we are aware of fiber cut caused by vandalism of our network." Spectrum noted that they appreciate their customers' patience on a holiday marked by popular television events, including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. After more than six hours, the outage was over around 3 p.m. It's the fourth Spectrum outage in the city attributed to vandals in recent months. In September, service was knocked out for Brooklyn customers, in June, a fiber  

November 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

PHOENIX, [AZ]--The man who vandalized the Confederate memorial at the State Capitol in August is a 45-year-old political agitator who wanted to "fight back" against racism. Tim Coomer, a local short-order cook, musician, and occasional political candidate, admitted that he spray-painted the memorial early on August 17 at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. Coomer said he understood why people might infer that a local TV news crew had prior knowledge of his arrival at the plaza that morning, but he insisted he had acted alone. Coomer said he vandalized the Confederate memorial "for God and country and the great state of Arizona." But it was a spur-of-the-moment decision that morning, he maintained  

November 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

CRAMERTON, [AL]--A Gaston County man who is passionate about flying the Confederate flag says he was surprised to learn there was racist graffiti on one of his rental properties facing U.S. 74 in Cramerton. Eddie Belk said Monday that he was going to immediately cover up a racial slur that had been painted on a wall on his property at 6016 Wilkinson Blvd. “That word there, I do not agree with that at all,” Belk said, shortly before going off to buy paint to cover up the slur. “… I don’t appreciate it at all.” On Sunday night, a photo was shared to a Belmont-area Facebook group that showed a wall at 6016 Wilkinson Blvd. near the Cramerton-Belmont border covered with graffiti, incl  

November 8, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

AKRON, [OH]--Federal charges were filed Tuesday against a 26-year-old man who was carrying a pipe bomb just hours before a candlelight vigil for victims of White Supremacist attack was set to begin. “In the early evening of August 16, 2017, Akron Police officers began speaking with Elijah Blankenship in the area of Druid Walk, Akron, Ohio,” the FBI said in a news release. “Through the discussion with Blankenship it was determined that Blankenship possessed a folding knife in his waistband. An Ohio State Highway Patrol K-9 Officer and his partner approached the scene and alerted to Blankenship’s vehicle. Two packages of unknown powder substances, gunpowder and a pipe bomb were discove  

November 6, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

WICHITA, [KS]--Members of the community gathered outside a burned Wichita restaurant Friday as a show of unity and peace after a seemingly racially charged message was found at the scene of the fire. Early Wednesday morning Petra Mediterranean Restaurant burned. Later, authorities found the words 'go back' written in black spray paint behind the building. The Wichita Fire Department and the ATF haven't determined the cause of the fire, and because of that, fire investigators say it's unknown if the fire is a hate crime. But the restaurant owners and other community members believe the words speak for themselves. Despite the message someone may have tried to get across at the restaurant, memb  

November 5, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

ORANGEVILLE, [CA]--Members of an Orangevale synagogue discovered Saturday morning that someone had pasted anti-Semitic posters on the building sometime overnight, and have reported the vandalism to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. Rabbi Alan Rabishaw of Temple Or Rishon said about 10 to 15 hate posters were found at the temple about 8 a.m. Saturday and that he believes they were left overnight. “We walked into the temple and they were found around our campus, on the outside window, the doorways, spread around our campus,” he said. “They were filled with anti-Semitic hate.”’ Rabishaw said the sheriff’s department and FBI were notified and that “we definitely h  

November 4, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

ST. PAUL, [MN]--Macalester College in St. Paul is investigating more swastikas and anti-Arab markings drawn on campus this month, according to security alerts posted by the college last week. A report was posted on the school website Wednesday alerting the campus that a swastika was drawn on a bulletin board inside George Draper Dayton Hall dormitory on Oct. 27. The school is treating it as an act of vandalism, according to the alert. “Actions and behaviors such as this are unacceptable and have a wide range of negative impacts on the community,” the report said. The next day, the school reported that another swastika was carved into a dormitory door on Oct. 14. It is unclear whether it   

November 3, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

TWIN FALLS, [ID]--Police say someone draped a cross in butchered pig parts and left it at the Islamic Center of Twin Falls over the weekend. Authorities are calling it a hate crime. About 4 feet tall, the cross was wrapped in bacon, pig’s feet and a tongue, and was left in the parking lot. The incident is the latest in a string of vandalism at Twin Falls’ only mosque dating back to 2015, when anti-Muslim sentiments began to take hold as the community debated refugee resettlement. Police were dispatched at 7:30 a.m. Saturday to the center at the 400 block of Addison Avenue. The center’s caretaker found the cross, Twin Falls Police Lt. Terry Thueson said. View More>>  

October 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

BLOOMINGTON, [MN]--The Bloomington mosque that was bombed this summer was burglarized early Friday morning. Police responded to Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center after a report of an overnight burglary, according to Deputy Chief Mike Hartley. They found that the building had been entered by force and that someone had gone through offices, he said. Police were investigating, and detectives and administrators at the center were working together to determine what was stolen, he said. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) on Friday asked that anyone with information about the burglary call Bloomington police. CAIR said security cameras at the mosque showed two