Man charged with vandalizing Philadelphia mosque
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The man arrested for vandalizing a Philadelphia mosque last week is now facing charges.
Johnathan Boone, 47, is charged with vandalism, criminal mischief and other offenses, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said in a statement Tuesday.
Police said Boone vandalized the Masjidullah - The Center for Human Excellence Mosque on the 7400 block of Limekiln Pike in the city's West Oak Lane section.
Police said Boone was seen on surveillance video spray-painting the words "Jesus Christ" on multiple spots including the doors, steps and a food pantry refrigerator.
A 14th District police officer recognized Boone and contacted the case's detective Monday.
The mosque's imam, Idris Abdul-Zahir, says it has been vandalized before. It has served the community since the 1940s.
The vandalism came just weeks before the start of Ramadan on March 22.
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