South Carolina teen arrested; accused of vandalizing mosque

February 13, 2020 GMT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An 18-year-old girl is in custody, accused of vandalizing a mosque in South Carolina, police said.

Charleston Police arrested Hailey Elizabeth Riddle on Thursday on a charge of malicious injury to a place of worship for alleged vandalism at the Islamic Center of Charleston on Jan. 30. It was unknown if she is represented by an attorney.

Police said officers were called to the center after someone spray painted the words “utterly blessed”on the north side of the building in pink and blue paint. A tip led investigators to Riddle.

Investigators in Charleston shared surveillance video on Feb. 3 that showed a car and three people suspected in the case. They sought the public’s help in finding them, The State reported. A woman in one of the photos appears to be carrying a can of spray paint.