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Omar Rivera Urinated On Mosque Floor: Police

First Posted: 08/26/10 12:58 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:30 PM ET

Mosque Urination

*UPDATE AT BOTTOM*

In another brazen anti-Muslim incident, a man wandered into a mosque in Queens Wednesday night, shouting racial slurs and urinating on prayer rugs.

According to police, a drunk Omar Rivera shouted "terrorists" before relieving himself in the Iman Mosque.

Reports the New York Post:

Evening prayers were disrupted at the Iman Mosque on Steinway Street in Astoria when the unhinged man "came in with a beer bottle in his hands, clearly very intoxicated," said Mustapha Sadouki, who was attending services.


"He fumbled over to our rugs where people were praying" and then committed the despicable desecration, Sadouki said.

Police took Rivera to a hospital and charged him with criminal trespass.

UPDATE: The NYPD now dismisses claims that Omar Rivera used anti-Muslim slurs before urinating on the rugs, and police are not treating the crime as a bias case. The New York Post has revised their story as well.

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Filed by Simon McCormack  |