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Brooklyn, NY - Midwood Arsonist Arraigned, Denied Bail, Due Back In Court On Friday

Published on: June 17, 2019 12:13 AM
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Menachem Karelefsky  in Court June 16, 2019Menachem Karelefsky in Court June 16, 2019

Brooklyn, NY - A Kings County Criminal Court judge refused to set bail for the man accused of setting fire to the occupied home of a Flatbush rabbi, instead announcing that he would be arraigned in front of a grand jury later this week.

42 year old Menachem Karelefsky of McKeesport, Pennsylvania smiled during his arraignment Sunday night, with prosecutors telling the judge that he was in possession of lighter fluid and a bag containing an axe and knives when he was picked up by police in Manhattan. 

The prosecution also said that they had receipts showing that Karelefsky, who had publicly stated his intention to kill Rabbi Jonathan Max, had purchased charcoal and matches prior to the fire and was seen near the Max home at the time that the fire broke out.

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As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2XdvecL), Karelefsky was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with attempted murder and arson in a massive fire that destroyed the home of Rabbi Jonathan Max as well as those of his next door neighbors. 

Karelefsky was a former student at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin where Rabbi Max has taught for many years and also served as a former dorm counselor.  Multiple families lived in the three homes, all of whom escaped serious injury thanks to smoke detectors that alerted them to the rapidly spreading flames.

The judge ordered Karelefsky to appear at a grand jury hearing to be held on Friday and also issued a full order of protection, with Karelefsky agreeing to avoid any contact of any sort with Rabbi Max.  Karelefsky was dressed in a short sleeved white t-shirt at this arraignment, his bare arms showing no signs of a tattoo he reportedly has bearing the words “Never let go of the HATRED – KILL Rabbi Max YEMACH SHMO.”

Audio below from the arraignment:



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 Jun 17, 2019 at 06:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Sicko, farbisen, crackpot!

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 09:04 AM Anonymous Says:

I hope this guy is put to death!

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 10:32 AM fat36 Says:

I’m still wondering what got him started with this madness?

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 10:42 AM Anonymous Says:

let him see how quickly his smile fades in the lions' dens of rikers. a jew in name alone does not fare well there. what an ugly looking man, inside and out

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 10:43 AM The Professor Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Sicko, farbisen, crackpot!

And clearly a very troubled and dangerous man needing lifelong institutionalization.
This also tragic for his former wife and children....

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 10:52 AM Anonymous Says:

HE LOOK NUTS. LOCK HIM UP FOREVVER

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 01:55 PM Chaim Says:

Sounds like a very ill man, nebech

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 01:57 PM Anonymous Says:

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fat36 Says:

I’m still wondering what got him started with this madness?

In his posting he claims he was molested by him, waiting for the cottage industry of the sexual abuse people to come to his defense

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 03:51 PM Anonymous Says:

There is a lot of mental illness in the frum community that is being hidden because of shame and shidduchim. This is the result, nebach.

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 04:26 PM fat36 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

In his posting he claims he was molested by him, waiting for the cottage industry of the sexual abuse people to come to his defense

Now that makes a little more sense poor guy got molested nobody believed him push his store under the rug the man snap and everybody’s saying hes crazy.I could relate it’s a very painful way to live life knowing these sub humans get away with it. with that said I don’t think I will burn a house down with people in it

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 04:44 PM Rot Says:

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fat36 Says:

I’m still wondering what got him started with this madness?

The rabbi help this lunatic’s ex wife get free of him after he was abusing her!

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 04:45 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

In his posting he claims he was molested by him, waiting for the cottage industry of the sexual abuse people to come to his defense

Too late, they already have!

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 06:26 PM Anonymous Says:

He's a demented POS.

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 08:45 PM Abc123 Says:

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fat36 Says:

I’m still wondering what got him started with this madness?

He helped out his ex wife and kids when his marriage went south

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 09:33 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

He certainly seems troubled. I hope he gets the help he needs.

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 Jun 17, 2019 at 11:04 PM Aron1 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

HE LOOK NUTS. LOCK HIM UP FOREVVER

So people who look only slightly better should be locked up for how long? 25 years?

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