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Man arrested after outside mosque

Thursday, August 26, 2010
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An apparently drunk man was arrested for shouting anti-Muslim slurs as he urinated outside a mosque in the Astoria section of Queens.

Omar Rivera was charged with criminal trespass after worshippers at the Al-Iman Mosque on Steinway Street subdued him Wednesday night.

Holding a beer bottle, Rivera burst in during evening prayers. He allegedly shouted anti-Muslim slurs, calling the worshipers "terrorists," then flashed his middle finger and urniated outside the mosque.

Two worshipers subdued him and called 911.

Rivera was charged and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

The mosque said earlier news reports that the suspect urinated on prayer rugs was not inaccurate.

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