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High Concept Hate Crime
On the night of January 22, two days after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, a mysterious woman placed strips of bacon on the door of the Islamic Center mosque in Davis, California, near the state capital of Sacramento. The prowler then proceeded to vandalize bicycles and smash six windows before slipping away.
Surveillance video caught her in the act and tips led police to Lauren Kirk-Coehlo, 30, an unemployed UC Berkeley grad arrested on February 14. She had no criminal record but Davis cops found clues that quickly turned up in local news stories.
Kirk-Coelho had posted messages expressing admiration for murderer Dylann Roof, adding that she would like to "kill many people." She also made derogatory comments about Jews, African Americans and Mexicans and made web searches about Alexandre Bissonnette, charged in a January 29 mosque attack in Quebec. Kirk-Coehlo also launched searches about mosques across the United States and made reference to a bomb-vest and mental issues.
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