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Former Army medic charged in Colorado mosque vandalism case

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    Mosque vandalism suspect Joseph Scott Giaquinto. Giaquinto was arrested on suspicion of several charges, including a crime motivated by bias, just hours after police released portions of surveillance video and asked for the public’s help identifying the hoodie-wearing man seen picking up a stone and kicking a door.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. >> A former Army medic accused of breaking glass doors and throwing a Bible into a Colorado mosque has been charged with felony criminal mischief.

The Coloradoan reports that 35-year-old Joseph Scott Giaquinto also was charged with a misdemeanor hate crime on Friday.

Giaquinto is free on bond and is due in Larimer County court on Tuesday. He could face up to 18 months in prison if convicted of the felony charge.

Giaquinto was arrested hours after police released surveillance video of a man kicking a door Sunday at the Islamic Center in Fort Collins, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) north of Denver.

His father, Michael Giaquinto, told the Coloradoan that his son was an Army medic who served in Iraq and Korea and had moved last year to Fort Collins.

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