LOS ANGELES, California — Two women were arrested Thursday for breaking into an Islamic center in Arizona and filming themselves making anti-Islamic remarks, police said.
Tahnee Gonzales and Elizabeth Dauenhauer were arrested for third-degree burglary “after the investigation revealed they entered onto the property of the Tempe Islamic Center and subsequently removed various items,” local police spokesman Ron Elcock said in a statement.
“Based on the details of the crime an enhancement of hate crime will be considered for sentencing,” he said.
The women posted several videos on Facebook showing them entering the center, making insulting remarks about Muslims and encouraging their children to repeat them.
The Arizona Republic reported that two women, identified on Facebook as Tahnee Gonzales and Liz Dauenhauer, recorded themselves entering the Islamic Community Center
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Ahmad Al-Akoum, the center’s director of inter-faith relations and one of its imams, told AFP that the incident took place the morning of March 4, when no one else was present.
A local journalist saw the videos and alerted the mosque, whose leaders then checked their surveillance footage and saw the women taking copies of the Islamic holy book the Koran as well as leaflets, and tearing up documents affixed to a bulletin board.
Mosque officials then contacted police.
“They were teaching their children to be hateful, it was very disturbing,” Al-Akoum said of the women.
An anonymous source just provided us with a video posted by Elizabeth Dauenhauer who is part of the Hatriot Movement AZ. In this video, she and Jennifer drove through the parking lot of the Muslim Community Mosque in Phoenix on September 29th, 2017 harassing Muslims who were peacefully minding their own business on their own mosque property. Not a hate group, eh? Unfortunately for this Hatriot group they have a snitch within their ranks who has provided us with quite a bit of personal information about this Islamophobic individual who at the time of posting this video worked at United Food Bank and now is no longer employed there. We're not going to share anything that would get us in legal trouble but it is interesting (although not surprising) to know that members of this Hatriot group obviously can't trust each other.
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He said that his mosque and others around Phoenix have regularly been subjected to harassment “for a long time, almost since 2001,” referring to the year of the September 11 attacks.
But things have gotten worst since Donald Trump — who made trying to keep travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries out of the US a central part of his agenda — took office last year.