A 58-year-old woman was arrested in connection with vandalizing the outside of an East Bay restaurant with the words, “No Muslims Go Away 2 Hell,” according to police.
Concord police said they received a call about the vandalism on the outside of International Market & Grill on the 4400 block of Treat Boulevard in Concord at 9:15 a.m.
After the vandalism was found on the wall of the restaurant, area businesses called the police to report the crime. There was video surveillance that showed someone committing the crime, police said.
Maria Disney, a Concord resident, was arrested in connection with the crime hours later in the 4200 block of Clayton Road, only a 10 minute walk away from where the crime took place.
Police said that charges have not been filed in the case and that the district attorney’s office will determine whether the suspect will be charged with a hate crime.
On Tuesday afternoon, the owner of Growing Pains Children’s Resale Store, which is located in the same strip mall as the restaurant that was vandalized, posted a photo of the graffiti to Facebook.
“I am sickened and disgusted by this! This is our neighbor he is awesome! He always checks in on us just to see if we need anything or if there is ever a problem he is right there!” the Facebook post reads.
“We fully our support this Muslim business and this kind of hatred will not be tolerated in the shopping center and will only bring us closer together as neighbors. You are welcome here!”
In the comments of the Facebook post, several people expressed outrage over the crime and pledged to visit International Market & Grill to show support for the business.
SFGate has reached out to the owner of International Market & Grill to speak with them about the incident, but we have not been able to reach them. We will update this report as more information becomes available.
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