SHARPES, Florida - The 35-year-old Titusville, Florida man charged with vandalizing a mosque and leaving bacon in front of the mosque's door faced a judge for the first time on Tuesday.
Michael Scott Wolfe appeared at the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes for his bond hearing before Brevard County Court Judge Michelle Vitt Baker. During the hearing, Judge Baker asked the Assistant State Attorney if he believed more charges would be filed.
"We would have to review all of the evidence first to determine whether or not this is going to be enhanced," the Assistant State Attorney replied. "If it is charged as a hate crime, that merely enhances from an F3 to an F2 [3rd degree felony to a 2nd degree felony]. We have to review all the evidence to make that decision."
"Bond will be increased based upon four prior FTA's [Failure to appears] and no known listed address," Baker reasoned. "Bond will be set at $7,500 cash or surety. You shall have no return to the offense location, which is 1011 South Washington Avenue in Titusville, nor to any mosques in the County of Brevard"
When Judge Baker asked Wolfe if he had any questions, Wolfe simply replied, "No Ma'am."
Wolfe's first arraignment is set for March 3, 2016 at 8 a.m. in front of Brevard County Circuit Court Judge Robin C. Lemonidis at the Brevard County Courthouse in Titusville, Florida.
Video credit: Brevard County Jail closed circuit TV.
|The Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque located at 1011 South Washington Avenue in Titusville, Florida|
|Michael Scott Wolfe|
Police say that Wolfe entered into The Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque's carport at 11 p.m. on January 1 and destroyed several cameras, lights, and windows with a machete. Wolf also allegedly left raw bacon in and around the front door of the mosque. Consumption of pork and pork products is prohibited by Islamic Dietary Laws derived from commandments found in the Koran.
Wolfe was transported to the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes.
Wolfe's arrest was made on the same day that another Florida man was indicted in New York for allegedly attacking a muslim and saying 'I kill muslims.'