Woman Arrested, Faces Hate Crime Charge For Davis Mosque Vandalism

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DAVIS (CBS13) – Authorities have made an arrest in the case of hateful vandalism of a Davis mosque.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office filed a complaint against 30-year-old Davis resident Lauren Kirk-Coehlo on Tuesday. She is facing charges of vandalism with a hate crime enhancement, according to the complaint, along with a charge of vandalism to a church.

READ: Criminal Complaint Against Lauren Kirk-Coehlo

As previously reported, the Davis Islamic Center was vandalized back on Jan. 23. A woman was caught on video putting bacon on a door handle and smashing windows.

In a statement released to CAIR-SV, Davis Islamic Center president Amr Zedan thanked the Davis community for coming together and supporting the mosque.

“This incident showed the beautiful good will of Americans and that our communities stand united,” Zedan wrote. “As a Muslim community we are forgiving and merciful, but we hope that the perpetrator has the chance to reflect upon her actions and the grief she caused to our community.”

Police are called the incident a hate crime incident as pork is a forbidden food for Muslims.

In early February, Davis police and the FBI raided a home in the city connected to the investigation. No arrests were made at that time.

Kirk-Coehlo was arrested on Tuesday and booked at Yolo County Jail. She’s being held on $1,000,000 bail.

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