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New Jersey Man Charged With Hate Crime For Alleged Break-In At Rutgers Islamic Center

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A New Jersey man is facing federal hate crime charges for allegedly breaking into a Rutgers University Islamic Center and destroying property, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.
Jacob Beacher, 24, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of intentional or attempted obstruction of religious practice and one count of making false statements to federal authorities.
At around 2:41 a.m. on April 10, during the Eid-al-Fitr holiday, Beacher allegedly broke into the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Once inside, he allegedly damaged religious artifacts including Turbah prayer stones, which are clay stones used by Muslims during prayer, and numerous other items that contained holy language from the Quran, Islam’s scripture.
Beacher also allegedly stole a Palestinian flag, and a charity box belonging to CILRU. Per reports, Beacher is not a student, staff, or otherwise affiliated with the university.
The FBI assisted in the investigation, which is still ongoing, officials said.
TMX contributed to this article.