Police are looking for a suspect who threatened to kill a man as he left a Flushing mosque that was the site of another apparent hate crime last fall.
On Friday, April 12, around 8:00 p.m., the victim was leaving the 72-55 Kissena Boulevard mosque in his car when he noticed an unknown male driving a dark colored SUV following him, said police.
The vehicle followed the victim for several blocks. When he stopped at a traffic light at Union Turnpike and 199th Street, the suspect pulled over next to the victim, displayed a gun, threatened to kill him, then fled in an unknown direction.
During the incident the suspect also made anti-Muslim statements, according to police.
The suspect is described as a white male, 55 to 60 years old with dark hair and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a dark suit jacket with an emblem patch on the left pocket, and was possibly driving a Toyota SUV with an unknown New York license plate.
Friday’s incident was not the first time the mosque was the target of an alleged hate crime against Muslims.
On the early morning of November 18, 57-year-old Bashir Ahmad was opening up the Masjid Al-Saaliheen mosque when a man brutally attacked him, yelling “You’re a Muslim motherf—–, I’ll kill you.” Ahmad was stabbed several times and suffered other injuries.