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Police ID suspect in Kendall mosque case

This computer was among the items left behind by a vandal Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the day, items including bouquets of flowers, a ceramic skull, electronic cigarettes and books about ISIS that members considered threatening, were left outside the school.
This computer was among the items left behind by a vandal Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the day, items including bouquets of flowers, a ceramic skull, electronic cigarettes and books about ISIS that members considered threatening, were left outside the school. Miami Herald Staff

Over the last three weeks, a string of suspicious items have been left around the campus of the Islamic School of Miami. On Monday, after another package was left, Miami-Dade police identified Kendall resident Henri Thomas Borno, 28, as the person responsible for the acts.

They committed him to mental health treatment under Florida’s Baker Act, Miami-Dade police said. Police did not charge him with a crime, saying there was not enough evidence.

“It is believed that Mr. Borno has a strong desire to harm the individuals at the [mosque] based on their religious beliefs,” the police report said.

Given this, members of the Muslim community are demanding charges be filed against Borno.

“All they did was to give him a warning not to come here again,” said Shabbir Motorwala of the Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations. “This doesn’t put our minds at ease.”

On Monday morning, police were called to the mosque for the third time since Sept. 11 after two empty glasses and a laptop were left on the property.

School chairman Naveed Anjum says a bomb squad checked out the package, and that the roughly 30 to 40 people on the property – including the children – were evacuated.

Borno returned to the school after police left, driving aggressively on campus and almost striking children, the police report said. Police identified Borno based on photographs he left at the school, along with the computers he’d left behind. He has left three laptops at the school since Sept. 11, police said.

“We interviewed him today and he was Baker Acted for a mental evaluation,” said Capt. Janna Bolinger-Heller of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau. “He was given a trespass warning and told he can’t go back to the school.”

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