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Synagogue Firebombing Suspect Held On $5M

Synagogue bombing "person of interest"
Photo of synagogue bombing "person of interest" released by Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

A New Jersey prosecutor says a 19-year-old unemployed man charged in the firebombings of two synagogues is an anti-Semite who intended to cause harm.

Anthony Graziano
Anthony Graziano (Bergen County Prosecutors Office)

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said Tuesday that investigators believe Anthony Graziano of Lodi knew there were people inside when he threw Molotov cocktails into a Rutherford synagogue building that also houses the rabbi’s family.

Molinelli says Graziano rode a bike to the synagogue, and one of the first firebombs he threw into the building landed in the rabbi’s second-floor bedroom while the family was asleep.

Graziano faces nine counts of attempted murder. Molinelli says the charges carry a minimum 30-year sentence because of the number of people in the building. No one was seriously injured.

Graziano is also charged in an earlier firebombing in Paramus. He is being held on $5million bond.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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