Muslim man charged with hate crime after trying to burn down Ill. church

Muslim man charged with hate crime after trying to burn down Ill. church
Osama E. El Hannouny (Image: Police photo)

[Ed. – He has carved ‘Kill Christian now’ on the wall of his cell.]

A man already facing over a dozen hate crime charges is facing new hate crime accusations after allegedly trying to burn down a church Tuesday in southwest suburban Palos Hills while out on bond.

Osama E. El Hannouny is charged with one felony count of arson, hate crime, criminal damage to property, five counts of battery to peace officers and violation of bond, Palos Hills police said.

He is allegedly seen on video looking through the doors of Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St., and setting several leaves on fire near a gas main and air conditioning unit, police said.

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The fire department extinguished the fires and no injuries were reported, police said.

El Hannouny was arrested Tuesday and while being processed he allegedly threatened officers while spitting on them, police said.

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