Source: Boca Raton News
On February 18, 2005 the Boca Raton News reported, "although Boca police confirmed they were investigating the defaced sign as an anti-Islamic hate crime, they would not say whether they had ruled out George Aboujawdeh as a suspect. The Lebanese-born Christian served one month in jail for setting the same sign on fire repeatedly after the mosque broke ground in January 2003... According to the police report filed Tuesday, the vandalism was phoned in by mosque member Saif El Hassan and occurred sometime between last Saturday night and Sunday morning... Assalam Center spokesman Reda Abdel-Fattah said workers on Friday had resumed construction and put the mosque sign back up for the first time since Aboujawdeh last burned it down. The restored sign and sudden presence of bulldozers might have provoked the vandals to strike, he said."