Upper Darby, Pa. (WTXF) - Police are searching for a suspect in an alleged hate crime. According to police, the man placed hateful signs in Upper Darby.
The Muslim community is on edge as police search for the man seen on video surveillance cameras at one mosque.
"This is definitely a terroristic threat, you can call it a hate crime or other crime, but it's a threat to our community," Mosque President Kamal Rahman told FOX 29.
"I think it's a hate crime sign and our community, people, the Muslim community, especially they're afraid of it," Councilman Sheikh Siddique said.
Police say the signs were found at the Masjid Al-Madinah at 69th and Walnut and at the mosque's satellite facility at Kent and Ludlow, which is just a few blocks away.
"This guy's nuts so what's he capable of I don't know but certainly the message he's sending is a strong-hatred, violent message," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
The signs contain numerous spelling mistakes, but the message is clear. "You kill many people in Europe. You try in America too. Now is your turn." The sign goes on the say, "We will destroy you. You will die like wild dogs. Get ready today." He also left a pile of burning material at one location, according to police.
"Our goal is to identify the individual and then lock him up," Superintendent Chitwood said.
Police say the man was wearing a distinctive NASA jacket and may live right in the area. Investigators and members of the mosque are concerned these hateful words could turn into actions.
Police believe the man is 50 to 60 years old, he was wearing the blue NASA jacket and a red- checked aviator hat. The signs were placed at the mosque around 5 a.m. on Monday.