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Person of interest sought in Islamic Center arson PDF Print E-mail
Written by By PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:52
An image from the Islamic Center's surveillance footage of a person of interest in Sunday's arson. (Photos provided)
LIME CITY — Authorities are seeking a person of interest in a Sunday arson at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.
The male subject and his vehicle were detected on cameras at the site over the weekend.
“Our surveillance, our video cameras picked up some images of this person and his vehicle,” said Cherrefe Kadri, vice president and spokesperson for the center this morning.
“All I can think of is the authorities figured that he fit the timeline that we gave them.”
The fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. Sunday and was centered within a prayer room at the center. Crews from Perrysburg Township, Northwood, Rossford, and Troy Township fire departments all responded to the scene and remained there throughout the night. The State Fire Marshal’s Office also responded, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) are looking into the crime, along with the Perrysburg Township Police Division.
An image of the suspect's vehicle in the Islamic Center's parking lot from surveillance footage.
Smoke and water damage was reported at the site, but a damage estimate was not yet available. Kadri indicated that she was to do a walk through of the scene with the center’s insurance provider this morning.
She said that the center has received support from throughout the area in the wake of this incident.
“Actually it’s not just our membership, but the greater Muslim community as well as the greater Toledo community, we’ve been getting calls and comments,” said Kadri.
“Everybody’s shocked. Really a feeling of disbelief.”
“Although it’s a crime against property, it feels like a crime against a person, it’s that personal.”
“So everybody’s pretty shocked,” she added later. “You feel violated.”
Anyone with information concerning this case can contact the Ohio State Fire Marshal Office at 1-800-589-2728 or the Perrysburg Township Police at (419) 874-3551 or “Leave a Tip” online at www.perrysburgtownship.us
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:03

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