Police investigating tips in mosque arson - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Police investigating tips in mosque arson

Posted: Updated:
  • Related LinksMore>>

  • Person of interest wanted in Islamic Center arson

    Person of interest wanted in Islamic Center arson

    Monday, October 1 2012 10:06 PM EDT2012-10-02 02:06:29 GMT
    The Perrysburg Township Police Department along with the Ohio State Fire Marshal have determined arson as the cause of weekend fire at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. The investigation is on-going
    The Perrysburg Township Police Department along with the Ohio State Fire Marshal have determined arson as the cause of weekend fire at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.

There are new details in the Islamic Center arson investigation.

Perrysburg Township police are getting tips from the public after releasing surveillance pictures of a man they call a person of interest.

Detectives are following leads, however there are no arrests yet in this arson case.

Leaders at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo say they won't be deterred. They say you can burn a mosque but you can't burn their spirit.

They are in contact with the center's thousands of members scheduling prayer services and other events at alternate locations.

"We are a strong and vibrant community and we hope to continue to thrive," says Dr. Mahjabeen Islam of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.

Tuesday afternoon cleaning crews tackled the significant fire, smoke and water damage inside the second floor prayer room of the mosque.

"It's very painful, it was heartwrending to go through, to walk through," says Dr. Islam.

Perrysburg Township police are hoping someone will recognize this man in these security photos or this vehicle in the Islamic Center's parking lot.

"I personally don't recognize him but there are certain members that do," says Dr. Islam.

They don't remember his name, but over the summer a man who looks like the man in the picture wanted to go inside the Islamic Center.

"The person that was there who could've let him in felt uneasy so he wasn't let in. He was told the Islamic Center was closed, yes he looked suspicious," says Dr. Islam.

The state fire marshal's office as well as the ATF are involved in this investigation of the fire that broke out on Sunday evening .

Authorities won't comment on whether this arson could be related to attacks and protest at American embassies overseas.

"I will say this is certainly not an act of love," says Dr. Islam. "So because the investigation is pending I don't want to speculate, but your mind certainly goes there."

Police encourage anyone with information to call the state fire marshal's office at 1-800-589-2728 or the Perrysburg Township Police Department at 419-874-3551.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Toledo police investigate shooting

    Toledo police investigate shooting

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:47 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:47:20 GMT
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.Police rushed to scene on Dorr Street near Detroit Avenue around 11:30 PM Tuesday night. Detectives say the victim was found lying in the street in front of the fire station. Investigators are not saying where the victim was shot or how serious his injuries are. It's also not clear if police have any suspects.
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.Police rushed to scene on Dorr Street near Detroit Avenue around 11:30 PM Tuesday night. Detectives say the victim was found lying in the street in front of the fire station. Investigators are not saying where the victim was shot or how serious his injuries are. It's also not clear if police have any suspects.
  • Fremont community mourns loss of missing man

    Fremont community mourns loss of missing man

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:20:36 GMT
    Those who knew Cory Barron in Fremont called him sweet, kind and a good man from a good family. Most in the tight-knit community were stunned to hear about his death."Deep down you pray that good will come out of it," says Timberly Kidwell, who coached Cory's sister. "You hate to hear that something like this is the outcome. I can't reiterate how great of a family this is, my heart is broken for them."Friends and family first reported the 22-year-old missing after they couldn't find him follo...
    Those who knew Cory Barron in Fremont called him sweet, kind and a good man from a good family. Most in the tight-knit community were stunned to hear about his death."Deep down you pray that good will come out of it," says Timberly Kidwell, who coached Cory's sister. "You hate to hear that something like this is the outcome. I can't reiterate how great of a family this is, my heart is broken for them."Friends and family first reported the 22-year-old missing after they couldn't find him follo...
  • Body of missing BGSU grad found in landfill

    Body of missing BGSU grad found in landfill

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:07:26 GMT
    A young man's body was found in a landfill in Lorain County Tuesday. Sheriff's investigators say the body is that of 22-year-old Cory Barron of Fremont. The BGSU graduate was last seen Friday at a concert at Progressive Field. Investigators say he left one group of friends to meet another and then vanished. An autopsy is set for Wednesday to determine how he died.
    A young man's body was found in a landfill in Lorain County Tuesday. Sheriff's investigators say the body is that of 22-year-old Cory Barron of Fremont. The BGSU graduate was last seen Friday at a concert at Progressive Field. Investigators say he left one group of friends to meet another and then vanished. An autopsy is set for Wednesday to determine how he died.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Toledo police investigate shooting

    Toledo police investigate shooting

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:47 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:47:20 GMT
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.Police rushed to scene on Dorr Street near Detroit Avenue around 11:30 PM Tuesday night. Detectives say the victim was found lying in the street in front of the fire station. Investigators are not saying where the victim was shot or how serious his injuries are. It's also not clear if police have any suspects.
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.Police rushed to scene on Dorr Street near Detroit Avenue around 11:30 PM Tuesday night. Detectives say the victim was found lying in the street in front of the fire station. Investigators are not saying where the victim was shot or how serious his injuries are. It's also not clear if police have any suspects.
  • Fremont community mourns loss of missing man

    Fremont community mourns loss of missing man

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:20:36 GMT
    Those who knew Cory Barron in Fremont called him sweet, kind and a good man from a good family. Most in the tight-knit community were stunned to hear about his death."Deep down you pray that good will come out of it," says Timberly Kidwell, who coached Cory's sister. "You hate to hear that something like this is the outcome. I can't reiterate how great of a family this is, my heart is broken for them."Friends and family first reported the 22-year-old missing after they couldn't find him follo...
    Those who knew Cory Barron in Fremont called him sweet, kind and a good man from a good family. Most in the tight-knit community were stunned to hear about his death."Deep down you pray that good will come out of it," says Timberly Kidwell, who coached Cory's sister. "You hate to hear that something like this is the outcome. I can't reiterate how great of a family this is, my heart is broken for them."Friends and family first reported the 22-year-old missing after they couldn't find him follo...
  • Company issues nationwide fruit recall

    Company issues nationwide fruit recall

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:07 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:07:17 GMT
    A national recall is affecting customers who picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger or Walmart. Central California company Wawona Packing is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines and plums because of a possible listeria contamination. The affected fruit was packaged and shipped to retailers between June 1 and July 12. The company has since shut down its packing lines and sanitized the facility. They are urging anyone who has the fruit to throw it away. More information, i...
    A national recall is affecting customers who picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger or Walmart. Central California company Wawona Packing is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines and plums because of a possible listeria contamination. The affected fruit was packaged and shipped to retailers between June 1 and July 12. The company has since shut down its packing lines and sanitized the facility. They are urging anyone who has the fruit to throw it away. More information, i...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!