Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803
For Immediate Release
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Burlington Police Arrest Two In Connection With Vandalism at Islamic Center
BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department arrested two men today who allegedly vandalized the Islamic Center of Burlington yesterday.
CAMERON S. CAPPELLA, AGE 18, OF BURLINGTON and DERRIK M. DEMONE, AGE 18, OF BURLINGTON are charged with:
- Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250
- Tagging Property
Burlington Police tracked down the suspects late this morning following several leads from the community last night.
“We were able to quickly close this shameful case involving a hate crime in our community,” Chief Kent said. “This behavior is not tolerated in town and the suspects will be held responsible for their actions.”
On Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1:45 a.m., police were called to the mosque and religious community center on Lexington St. by a member, who reported seeing graffiti and other damage.
Investigators noted the letters “U.S.A.” written multiple times, with red spray paint, outside the building, as well as the remains of several smashed eggs, which were apparently thrown at the building.
The suspects allegedly drove up to the building and were in the area for at least 20 minutes before driving away.
CAPPELLA and DEMONE were held at the Burlington Police Department today pending their arraignment at Woburn District Court.