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Islamic Center's sign defaced

Perp demands 'London justice'

The sign of Islamic Center of North Fulton, located in Alpharetta, was defaced Memorial Day weekend. Police are searching for the culprit. (click for larger version)

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June 03, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Islamic Center of North Fulton, located on Rucker Road, was defaced Sunday, May 27. On its sign, the phrases, "Where is justice" and "London justice" had been painted.

According to an anonymous witness to the event, an elderly man wearing a rag on his head and short pants was seen about 12:20 a.m. painting the words on the sign.

The slogans are an apparent reference to a recent incident in London, England, where a British soldier was brutally attacked outside his barracks May 22, allegedly by several Muslims.

"The witness called and said someone was vandalizing the signage," said George Gordon, spokesman for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety. "He described the suspect as a male with an English accent."

According to police, the witness walked up to the suspect and questioned him about his actions. The suspect fled into the nearby woods.

One side of the Islamic Center's sign read "London justice." The other side read, "Where is justice."

Vandalism of a place of worship is a felony.

Gordon said this was the first act of vandalism at the site since its opening in 1998.

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect.

"The description of the suspect is so vague," Gordon said. "It would help us if we got any new information from the public."

The issue has been reported to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, comprised of members from all levels of government.

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