Police Baker Act man accused of vandalizing Islamic School of Miami

Henri Borno involuntarily committed after showing 'strong desire to harm' people, police say

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Police have identified a man whom they claim is responsible for vandalizing the Islamic School of Miami, but he won't be going to jail.

Henri Borno was committed to Larkin Community Hospital under Florida's Baker Act, which allows for the involuntary institutionalization of a person considered to be a harm to oneself or others.

According to a Miami-Dade police report, Borno "has engaged in a course of conduct which has been steadily escalating to an act of aggression." It said that without care, Borno "will cause serious bodily harm to others in the near future."

Police said Borno, 28, was responsible for all three recent reports of vandalism at the Islamic School of Miami.

The first incident was reported Sept. 11, when a laptop and two books about the Islamic State terrorism group were left at the school. The bomb squad was called to inspect the items.

Police said Borno returned to the school Thursday and a left a skull and crossbones, a hammer, bolt cutters and jumper cables at two entrances. Police said Borno returned about eight hours later, this time leaving a large cross, a jacket with an American flag on it and another laptop.

Borno returned again Monday, the report said, "driving aggressively at a high rate of speed in the parking lot of the school, almost striking children." After he was followed off the property and confronted, Borno pulled down his pants and exposed his buttocks, the report said.

Police said they believe that Borno "has a strong desire to harm" the people at the school because of their religious beliefs.

"It does bother (me) that he's not going to be charged," Islamic School of Miami President Naveed Anjum told Local 10 News.

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