Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Suspect In Rutherford New Jersey Synagogue Firebombings Due In Court Today

Anthony Graziano, the suspect in two firebombings, including one at a Rutherford congregation that contained the rabbi's residence, is scheduled to make an initial appearance morning in Hackensack.

Graziano is being held on $5 million bail after being charged with a host of crimes including nine attempted murder, arson and bias intimidation. He faces up to 80 years in prison if he convicted.

According to the Bergen County prosecutor, Graziano apparently chose the congregations in Rutherford and Paramus synagogues because they were close enough to his mother's house that he could reach them on his bicycle. There's no word on a particular motive in Graziano's actions.

While this arrest closes the book on those two attacks, there are several other unsolved hate crimes against Jewish congregations across Northern New Jersey.

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