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Sun Dec 28, 2014, 12:08 AM

 

California man suspected of vandalizing Islamic center

Source: The Associated Press

By SCOTT SMITH
Dec. 27, 2014 10:45 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno on Christmas day, causing investigators at first to suspect a hate crime, police said Saturday.

But relatives of the 28-year-old suspect, Asif Mohammad Khan, came public to say that schizophrenia and not hatred led to the unfortunate incident. "It is a case of mental illness," said his sister, Samia Khan. "There's no question about that."

Asif Mohammad Khan has been booked into jail on charges including felony vandalism for more than $10,000 in damage done Thursday to the Islamic Cultural Center and a nearby medical office.

In the search for a suspect, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer had said that the broken windows and bleach poured on an American flag inside the Islamic center appeared to be a hate crime. On Saturday, Dyer said that investigators interviewed Khan, and their theory has changed. "It was obviously not as we thought," said Dyer, adding that police will let FBI agents decide whether hate-crime charges are warranted.

Khan confessed, telling officers he was upset with people at the Islamic center for talking down or bullying him, Dyer said.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/86df0c914b074d0a8af3e0661ba84e0b/california-man-suspected-vandalizing-islamic-center



When I first read the headline, I thought he might have been a Pam Geller fan! Very glad to be proven wrong on this one.

Much more serious, however, is the sad state of healthcare for the mentally-ill in this country.

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Response to Ryan Fitzomething (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 12:39 AM

1. there are NO psych hospitals in Fresno

20 years ago there were at least 3 private and one county psych hospital.. There isn't even one in Fresno.

For the chronic and severely mentally ill, they either go to a state prison psych hospital about 2 hours away, or up to San Francisco which is 3 hours away.

It is horrific.

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Sun Dec 28, 2014, 09:00 AM

3. not exactly the case, ive been in one of them, not as a patient, surprisingly

 

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Sun Dec 28, 2014, 08:41 AM

2. What can one say?

 

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