April 8, 2011
[UPDATE]: Suspect arrested in connection with explosion near Santa Monica Chabad
[UPDATED on April 12, 7:10 a.m.]: Authorities are reporting the suspect Ron Hirsch, sought in connection with the explosion near the Santa Monica Chabad last Thursday has been arrested. More information here.
[UPDATED on 11:55 a.m.]:
[UPDATED on Monday, April 11 at 10:45 a.m.]:
“It’s still an ongoing investigation,” Trisler added.
Keep checking back for updates.
For video interviews from the explosion site, including the rabbi and others’ comments on the suspect, click here
[Updated at 5:22 p.m.]: Santa Monica Patch is reporting that the Ron Hirsh is now in custody.
The Santa Monica Police Department released late Friday a special bulletin that they have evidence that the explosion Thursday near the Chabad of Santa Monica was not a mechanical explosion. Originally believed to be an accident, further forensic analysis has led police to seek a heavyset white male with brown hair and green eyes known as Ron Hirsch or Israel Fisher, aged 60.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that law enforcement officers found gun powder in the explosive device that landed on a residential rooftop early Thursday morning while prayers were in session at the Chabad. No one was hurt from the explosion.
The police report says that the man “is known to frequent synagogues and Jewish Community Centers in search of charity from patrons. He is known to have frequented the synagogue located at 360 North La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036,” and that he should be “considered extremely dangerous.” The bulletin instructs anyone with information to contact the Santa Monica Police Department, Detective Leone at (310) 458-8949.
The alert was also distributed Friday afternoon by the Los Angeles office of the ADL. Detective Leone could not be immediately reached for comment. ADL said they have no information of threats against other Jewish insitutions but recommend vigilance.
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