Ron Hirsch, a transient accused of setting off an explosive device outside of a Chabad in Santa Monica last April, pleaded not guilty to four felony charges in a downtown Los Angeles federal court on May 23. A trial has been set for June 28.
A homeless man was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of detonating an explosive device outside a Southern California Chabad House. Ron Hirsch, 60, also known as Israel Fisher, was indicted in Los Angeles on Tuesday for the April 7 blast at the Santa Monica Chabad House, which forced the evacuation of the Jewish center and synagogue during early morning prayers.
Nobody thought much about the shabby but quiet middle-aged man who showed up last weekend at an Orthodox study hall in suburban Cleveland.
Hirsch has been charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office with “various explosive-related offenses, including ‘explosion with intent to murder,’ Reuters reported. He has also been charged with the federal crime for his “flight to avoid prosecution for damaging or destroying any building.”
[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.