Suspect arrested for Islamic Center vandalism

Haley Candelario

Joseph Scott Giaquinto, 35, was arrested Monday night by the Fort Collins Police Department for vandalizing the Islamic Center of Fort Collins early Sunday morning. (Photo via the Fort Collins Police Services, Courtesy of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office)

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article listed Giaquinto’s age as 36 instead of 35. 

The suspect responsible for vandalizing the Islamic Center of Fort Collins early Sunday morning was arrested by the Fort Collins Police Department Monday night.

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Joseph Scott Giaquinto, 35, was identified by FCPD as the suspect in the vandalism incident. He was arrested on the following charges:

  • Criminal Mischief – Class 6 felony
  • 3rd Degree Trespass – Class 1 petty offense
  • Bias Motivated Crime – Class 1 misdemeanor

Giaquinito is responsible for breaking three of the Islamic Center’s back door glass windows near the prayer room after throwing a rock at the doors. A Bible was found in the prayer room. Police collected the Bible, the rock and a screw driver found outside the Islamic Center as evidence.

Surveillance footage shows Giaquinto arriving at the Islamic Center at 3:57 a.m. and kicking the back doors. He left for a few minutes, then re-appeared at 4:03 a.m. At 4:09 a.m., Giaquinto threw a rock through the back doors that shattered the glass.

Around 1,000 people attended an event at the Islamic Center on Sunday evening after hearing that the center had been vandalized. A handful of state representatives and city council members attended and spoke at the event, including Police Chief John Hutto.

Community member form a circle around the Islamic Center of Fort Collins to show their support for the center after it was vandalized in the early hours of Sunday Mar. 26 (David Johnson | Collegian)

“We will not tolerate acts of hatred in our community, and I hope this arrest sends that message loud and clear,” Hutto said in a statement after the arrest. “While the building can be repaired, this incident caused deeper hurt that won’t just go away. I urge all of our citizens to continue showing the kind of support and acceptance demonstrated at the Islamic Center rally on Sunday night.”

Giaquinto was booked into the Larimer County Jail.

Collegian reporter Haley Candelario can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @H_Candelario98.