LOS ANGELES | April 14, 2011
LAPD reports that a man in his late 20s broke into Temple Israel of Hollywood located on the 7300 block of Hollywood Boulevard, collected several items from within the Temple, placed them on a desk and then set them on fire with a candle. Authorities are currently investigating the small fire and burglary that occurred Wednesday night.
Sources familiar with the investigation told the Los Angeles Times that the probe is ongoing and that detectives don’t believe it was a hate crime, even though this is the second crime to take place at the second synagogue by the second transient in two weeks. Could “2-2-2” be a new evil number? Last week police said the same thing about a pipe-bomb that exploded with enough explosives to blow a 300 pound pipe into the ceiling of the home next door to Chabad House Lubavitch in Santa Monica.
The suspect fled the scene of Temple Israel of Hollywood, but the suspect’s image was captured on video. He, like his predecessor at Chabad House Lubavitch, is believed to be a transient who frequents the area. The fire did minor damage to the Temple.
Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Beatrice Girmala, who oversees the department’s Hollywood Division and was at the synagogue, said in a brief phone interview that the heavy response was made out of an abundance of caution referring to television news helicopters that broadcast images of several uniformed and plainclothes law enforcement personnel at the Temple.
“Because it is a house of worship, we’re taking every precaution to be sure we know we are not underplaying the situation,” Capt. Girmala said. She thereafter declined to provide further details of the incident, stating that police were sweeping the synagogue’s large campus which includes a school.
Read the entire article at: A Tale of Two Transients
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SANTA MONICA | April 10, 2011
Ron Hirsch, also known as Israel Fisher, is a 60-year old male described as appearing to be homeless or a transient. Mr. Hirsch is now being sought by authorities of the Santa Monica Police Department for an explosion that occurred on Thursday morning at Chabad House Lubavitch in Santa Monica, California. The explosion, first thought to be a pipe bomb then later that same day thought to be an exploding pipe, was the result according to bomb technicians and detectives of a detonated homemade explosive device with a blast so powerful that it sent a 300-pound metal pipe encased in concrete hurtling through the air and crashing through the roof of a home next door to Chabad House Lubavitch. Items found nearby are linked to Hirsch, according to Santa Monica Police, who is being sought on state charges of possession of a destructive device and other related and unrelated charges.
"Hirsch should be considered extremely dangerous," stated a bulletin sent by police to other law enforcement agencies. Ron Hirsch aka Israel Fisher is described as white, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 207 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He is known to frequent synagogues and Jewish community centers in search of charity. One of the centers Mr. Hirsch frequents is Congregation Bais Yehuda on North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles.
Ron Hirsch’s motive for the attack remains unknown, police said. Joining local authorities in investigating the case were the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The Anti-Defamation League ("ADL" and/or the "League") on Friday issued a security alert to synagogues and other Jewish organizations in the greater Los Angeles area.
Read the entire report at: Transient Wanted For Chabad House Lubavitch Explosion
SANTA MONICA | April 7, 2011 UPDATE: April 7, 2011 1:35 p.m.
Earlier this morning, it was reported that a pipe bomb exploded this Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Chabad House Lubavitch located at 1428 17th Street, Santa Monica, California, near the intersection of 17th Street and Broadway.
A Chabad House is a centre for disseminating Orthodox Judaism by the Chabad movement where the Shaliach and Shalucha (rabbi and his wife) host programs, activities, and services for the local Jewish community and tourists. Chabad House Lubavitch opened its doors in 1972 and has served thousands of people.
Due to what was thought to be a pipe bomb explosion, police had evacuated a four-block area and were investigating the possibility of a hate crime. Sources familiar with the incident state that the purported bomb exploded just north of the temple and it is was to be determined as to whether the Chabad House Lubavitch was specifically targeted.
There are no reports of injuries and the Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad, the FBI and the Santa Monica Police are all on scene.
UPDATE: April 7, 2011 1:35 p.m.
Sgt. Jay Trisler of the Santa Monica Police has come forward with a statement that there was no foul play involved in an explosion Thursday morning at the Chabad House Lubavitch, and as such, this was neither a hate crime nor was the Chabad House Lubavitch a target. Apparently, the reported explosion may have originated with a pipe under a walkway according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
No injuries were reported although there was moderate damage to an apartment building as well as the Chabad House Lubavitch. Broadcast reports also showed a hole in the roof of a nearby house due to falling debris.
Read the entire article at: Pipe Bomb Explodes Outside Chabad House Lubavitch in Santa Monica.
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