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Man ordered to seek mental health treatment after disturbing local mosques

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published April 25, 2019


A 30-year-old man from Rochester Hills has been court-ordered to seek treatment at a mental health facility after causing disruptions at two mosques in Rochester Hills.

Officials with the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit in Rochester Hills called the Oakland County Sheriff's Office’s Rochester Hills substation to report a suspicious man on the premises at 4:57 p.m. April 22.

Officials said the man entered the mosque, took off his shoes, sat down, then stood up and yelled, “You guys will go to hell, Jesus is God.” When he was asked to leave, the man took off on a bicycle, heading west on Auburn Road, toward Livernois Road, repeating the same statement.

Deputies said the same man visited the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center in Rochester Hills a day earlier and caused a similar disturbance. According to reports, the man tried to gain entry into the mosque by telling officials he wanted to become a member. When told he would need an escort to enter, the man said he would look around the exterior instead and reportedly began approaching children, saying they were “practicing a fake religion.” The man then left the area in a burgundy 1999 Mercury Sable.

Deputies were able to identify the subject in video surveillance footage of both incidents.

The man, who deputies said has a mental health disorder, lives in Rochester Hills with his parents. The man’s father told investigators his son became unstable after stopping his medication.