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2 Teenagers Arrested Where Mosque Burned

June 21, 2005|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Two Victorville teenagers were arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson and felony vandalism on the same grounds where a desert mosque was burned to ruins earlier this month.

A spokesman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said there was "no connection or suspicion" linking the suspects, ages 18 and 17, to the June 3 blaze that destroyed the United Islamic Youth Organization mosque, site of Southern California's only cemetery exclusively for Muslims.

"They were arrested for shooting guns on the property and using a lighter to set fire to the debris and rubble burned in the previous fire," sheriff's spokesman Chip Patterson said. "They made no statement indicating they were targeting that location."

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