Santa Monica blast suspect Ron Hirsch 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Santa Monica Police Department)
Ron Hirsch, 60, a transient accused of detonating a pipe bomb outside of a Los Angeles Jewish center, has been charged with one felony count of explosion with intent to murder.
Hirsch was arrested Monday in Cleveland Heights, Ohio on a federal arrest warrant. He is also charged with use of a destructive device and intent to injure, as well as possession of a destructive device.
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Authorities detained him near another Jewish center "following a call to law enforcement by a concerned
citizen who had come into contact with Mr. Hirsch," according to a statement released by the FBI.
According to the arrest warrant, FBI officials obtained a receipt at the
scene of the Los Angeles blast that links Hirsch to the purchase of
three 11-lb. bags of "demolition agent." The "demolition agent" was
purchased at Constar in Clovis, Calif. on April 1.
The blast, which took place at a synagogue in Santa Monica, sent debris
crashing through the roof of the Chabad House, which sits next door.
The Santa Monica Police Department released a photograph and description of 60-year-old Hirsch last Friday.
Police added that Hirsch previously frequented synagogues and Jewish community centers in the Los Angeles area seeking charity.
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Following the announcement, the Anti-Defamation League issued a security
alert to other synagogues and Jewish institutions in southern
California, according to the Los Angeles Times
. It said that it had "no
information regarding a specific threat," but called on community
members to be "extra vigilant."
Hirsch reportedly left Los Angeles on a Greyhound bus on Thursday and
was on his way to New York when he was arrested in Cleveland.
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