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Rutherford County Sheriff issues description, photos of suspects in mosque vandalism

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) has released enhanced photos of two men believed to have vandalized the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. PHOTO: RCSO

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tennessee--The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) has released enhanced photos of two men believed to have vandalized the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

The suspects spray-painted expletives on three exterior areas of the mosque and also placed bacon at the entrance of the school area.

Although video of the July 10th vandalism was previously released, authorities are hoping these enhanced images make it easier for the suspects to be identified.

Sgt. Goodwin with the RCSO says one of the suspects is a "shorter, very muscular man wearing a spray painting respirator and some sort of tight hood." He is also wearing a short-sleeve jump suit with a patch on the right shoulder and dark athletic shoes.

The second suspect is taller and described as "very husky." He is wearing a werewolf or other type of Halloween mask. He was wearing a t-shirt, long shorts and boots. The shirt has a white graphic "angel wing" and a possible giraffe on the back.

The second suspect also has distinctive "huge" lower legs.

Police are hoping someone might recognize the men from a local fitness, MMA, gym, or martial arts establishment.

The Council of American - Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is calling for a hate crime investigation of the vandalism.

Anyone with information is asked to call the RCSO at 615-904-3034.

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