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Hackensack, NJ - Teen Charged In Synagogue Bombings Faces New Charges

Published on: May 5, 2012 09:22 PM
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AP FILE - Prosecutors announce arrest of Aakas Dalal.AP FILE - Prosecutors announce arrest of Aakas Dalal.

Hackensack, NJ - A teenager charged in a series of attacks on New Jersey synagogues is facing another arson charge for allegedly trying to burn a building at Rutgers University.

The Record of Woodland Park (http://bit.ly/IscXbS ) reported Friday that campus police alleged in a criminal complaint that Aakash Dalal set newspapers on fire and slid them under the porch and through the mail slot of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps building at the New Brunswick campus on Dec. 10, 2011.

Dalal’s attorney, Chris DiLorenzo, told the newspaper that his client took no part in the attack.

The 19-year-old Dalal previously pleaded not guilty to charges of arson, bias intimidation and criminal mischief in a series of attacks on synagogues in Bergen County, including the firebombing of a rabbi’s home. Nineteen-year-old Anthony Graziano also has pleaded not guilty in that case.


Dalal remains in jail with bail set at $2.5 million.

No one was injured in the Rutgers fire, and the building sustained minor damage, with some burning under the porch and debris inside the mail slot, Rutgers spokesman Greg Trevor said Friday. A former Rutgers student, Michael Leviss, also was charged in the attack, Trevor said.

The Record reported that 21-year-old Leviss was arrested Thursday and released Friday afternoon on $35,000 bail, according to Middlesex county jail officials. He faces an arson charge. It was not clear who is representing him.

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Read Comments (3)  —  Post Yours »


 May 05, 2012 at 09:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Let this anti-Semite rot in prison and be roomates with someone called Buba!


 May 05, 2012 at 10:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Would you say that if a Jew did this?


 May 06, 2012 at 01:24 AM baltimoremom Says:

he needs help, there is something very wrong with this kid


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