Update: Two Teens Charged in College Park Cross-Burning Incident

August 7, 2003

Source: Gazette


On August 7, 2003 the Gazette reported that "Islamic community members said they would like to see the two juveniles charged in connection with the cross burning outside of a Muslim school and mosque rehabilitated... Public Safety officials announced Friday that fire investigators had arrested two teenagers the previous night. Prince George's County Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell said the two suspects had cooperated during the investigation... The suspects were charged with a religious and ethnic crime and a violation of burning a cross or other religious symbol. The charges could result in a maximum of three years in jail or a fine. The teenagers, one of whom was from College Park and the other from Edgewater in Anne Arundel County, had been released to their parents."