Man arraigned in connection with vandalism of Rochester Hills mosque

Authorities believe vandalism was random act, not hate crime

Ryan Lee Ahern (WDIV)

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Ryan Lee Ahern, a 33-year-old Rochester Hills resident, was arrested Friday in connection with the vandalism of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center.

He was arraigned Saturday. Ahern is accused of using a hammer to break the glass in a door at the mosque, located on West Auburn Road.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said they quickly identified Ahern using surveillance footage from the community center.

Police said they believe the vandalism was a random act, not a hate crime and that Ahern is a person of interest in other acts of vandalism in the area.

Ahern was able to post $1,000 bail and is no longer in custody. No new court date has been set.

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