Man accused of vandalizing 2 Brooklyn mosques

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A man is accused of vandalizing two mosques in Brooklyn, according to police.

Both incidents happened Saturday between 5:20 p.m. and 5:38 p.m.

Police say the suspect is seen on surveillance video breaking a camera and smashing windows with a hammer outside of the Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center on 6th Avenue.

A short time later, the same suspect is seen outside of the United American Muslim Association of New York on 8th Avenue where he uses a hammer to destroy the building's front doorbell, doorknob and mailbox, according to police.

Police describe the suspect as an Asian man last seen wearing a black hooded coat, blue jeans and white sneakers.

Borough President Eric Adams joined a group of religious leaders outside one of the mosques Monday afternoon to condemn the vandalism in solidarity. He also urged religious centers around the area to step up their security.

"This is really unacceptable, and if we remain silent, then it sends a message that we tolerate violence," Adams says. "We have to be as vocal as possible whenever some form of hate is displayed."

The NYPD's hate crimes unit is investigating, police say.

Authorities say the suspect appears to be unaffiliated with the mosques.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.  

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