Centerport Man Arrested For Hate Crime Toward Huntington Mosque
Suffolk County Police have arrested a Centerport man for Criminal Mischief as a Hate Crime after he intentionally damaged a Huntington mosque parking lot last month.
Hate Crimes Unit detectives, with the assistance of Second Precinct Crime Section officers, were conducting surveillance at MASIJID Noor Inc. Mosque, located at 1032 Park Ave., as part of an ongoing investigation following incidents of vandalism at the location. While detectives and officers were at the location last night, Stephen Pratt threw a glass bottle into the mosque driveway from his vehicle.
Pratt, 55, of 700 Washington Drive, was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th Degree as a Hate Crime for throwing a container of white concrete sealer into the driveway of the mosque on December 31. He was additionally charged with Harassment 2nd Degree for last night’s incident. Pratt is scheduled for arraignment today at First District Court in Central Islip.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.