The New York Police Department has arrested a man believed to have vandalized two mosques in Bay Ridge earlier this month.
Surveillance video showed a man using a hammer to smash windows and a camera at an Islamic Center at 6224 6th Avenue, on the evening of November 11.
Later that same evening, the man is believed to have gone to the United American Muslim Association of New York, at 5911 8th Avenue, and used the hammer to destroy the building’s front doorbell, door knob and mailbox.
On Wednesday, Nov. 22 a woman was sitting in a car at 8th Ave. at 61st Street when a man approached the vehicle and scratched it. The woman called police, who arrived and arrested the man, identified as Mou Hu, 37, of Bay Ridge. Police then determined that Hu was also the man responsible for the two mosque vandalizations.
Hu was charged with five counts of criminal mischief for the two mosque vandalizations, and one count of criminal mischief for scratching the car.