Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Police investigating 2 women who took children to vandalize a mosque

Police investigating 2 women who took children to vandalize a mosque

"That's how sick you are", yelled one of the women in the video, engaging a man who identifies himself as Muslim.

Two Arizona women were booked into the Tempe City Jail on Thursday afternoon on suspicion of felony third-degree burglary, after investigation into theft and vandalism at a Tempe mosque revealed the two women, along with their three children, ransacked the property of the Islamic Community Center earlier this month, an act that they recorded on Facebook live, Huffington post reported.

Duran said if they are convicted, their sentencing could be enhanced if they were seen as perpetrating a hate crime.

Police said the women posted a video online apparently showed them insulting Muslims at a Tempe mosque with their children in tow.

At one point, Gonzales turns her wrath on bystanders, screaming at a woman until her child starts crying.

Gonzales responds to the child's remarks by saying, "keep your children informed and aware so they don't get sucked into the evils that lurk around in our backyards".

The pair, along with their children, were heard mocking items found in the van, which was labeled "ICC Funeral Procession". One of the women tells him to get down because "Muslims have been on there". A phone number for Dauenhauer was not immediately available.

Ahmad Al-Akoum, the center's director of inter-faith relations and one of its imams, told AFP that the incident took place the morning of March 4, when no one else was present. Someone rants or desecrates a copy of the Quran from the sidewalk, where it's public property, nearly weekly.

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"We encourage our community members not to engage those people", said Imam Alakoum.

"I was disturbed and heartbroken seeing those kids being dragged behind their mothers and being given firsthand lessons on hate", Alakoum said.

Senate candidate Deedra Abboud claimed in a post (WARNING: LINK CONTAINS FOUL LANGUAGE) that she had previously been confronted by Gonzales.

Gonzales' Facebook page shows a series of videos of her and Dauenhauer sharing xenophobic sentiments or yelling them in public. A former Christian who converted to Islam, Abboud is running for retiring Arizona Sen.

Gonzales also posted a Facebook video of herself outside the Bernie Sanders rally in downtown Phoenix this past Sunday.

In the meantime, the mosque video has stirred an outpouring of sympathy for the center. They go on to call Muslims "devil-worshippers".

Entering the mosque, one of the kids says "they smell like goats", as the women begin to sift through pamphlets offered on stands.

"The level of support from the community is way, way much more than the hate and bigotry we see".

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