In a taste for religious revenge, a 19-year-old man was charged Tuesday with so called, “attempted murder and hate crimes”. In connection with recent firebombings of two northern New Jersey synagogues, it put the region’s Jewish community on edge and prompted round-the-clock police patrols. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli charged Anthony Graziano, of Lodi, with the Jan. 11 attack on a Rutherford synagogue and the Jan. 3 firebombing of a synagogue in Paramus. He was being held on $5 million bail. The charges include bias intimidation and nine counts of attempted murder in addition to arson and aggravated arson. The prosecutor’s office scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference. Last week, authorities released photos and surveillance video of a man leaving a store on Jan. 9 after allegedly purchasing some of the items used to make the firebomb used in the Rutherford attack. On Monday, tips from the public led them to Graziano, according to the prosecutor’s office. Evidence was recovered during a search of his residence, though Molinelli didn’t provide specifics. Several Molotov cocktails and other incendiary devices were thrown at Congregation Beth El in Rutherford early on Jan. 11, igniting a fire in the second-floor bedroom of Rabbi Nosson Schuman’s residence. The rabbi, his wife, five children and his parents were sleeping at the time. Police said an incendiary device was thrown through the rabbi’s bedroom and ignited, and the rabbi suffered minor burns on his hands while putting it out. “I’m elated,” Schuman said Tuesday. “It’s been a very stressful two weeks even with police coverage at our home. We’re still a little scared because obviously this guy’s not normal. Maybe this will restore life back to some Jewish normality, though we will still be doing outreach to try and restore unity.” The fire at Congregation K’Hal Adath Jeshuran in Paramus was discovered on the morning of Jan. 3 when members smelled gas in the building and contacted authorities. Fire and police officials determined an accelerant had been used in the rear of the building to start a fire. The fire had quickly burned itself out, and no injuries were reported. In the weeks leading up to the fire bombings, anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered at synagogues in Hackensack and Maywood, according to police. Two days after the Rutherford attack, a swastika was found scrawled in a park in Fair Lawn, though police haven’t said if it is connected to the other incidents.
HACKENSACK, N.J. — A New Jersey prosecutor says a 19-year-old unemployed man charged in the firebombings of two synagogues so called, “anti-Semite” who intended to cause harm? 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.