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Cleveland, OH - VIN News Story Leads to Arrest in California Chabad House Bombing

Published on: April 11, 2011 08:43 PM
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This photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department shows Ron Hirsch, 60, a transient, who has been linked to an explosion April 7, 2011 near Chabad House Lubavitch of Santa Monica,Calif. Hirsch was arrested earlier this evening in Cleavland, after a member of the Jewish community says he saw his photo on VIN News earlier today, recognized the suspect and called the FBI(AP Photo/Santa Monica Police Department)This photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department shows Ron Hirsch, 60, a transient, who has been linked to an explosion April 7, 2011 near Chabad House Lubavitch of Santa Monica,Calif. Hirsch was arrested earlier this evening in Cleavland, after a member of the Jewish community says he saw his photo on VIN News earlier today, recognized the suspect and called the FBI(AP Photo/Santa Monica Police Department)

Cleveland, OH - A press release released at 10:32 PM from the Los Angeles Field Office of the FBI confirms that an individual believed to be Ron Hirsch, wanted in connection with the Santa Monica explosion, was taken into custody following a call to law enforcement by a concerned citizen.

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The citizen, a member of Cleveland Heights’ Jewish community who wished to remain anonymous, recognized Hirsch from a picture he had seen on VIN News.

Hirsch, wanted in connection with last Thursday’s 6:45 AM explosion outside the Santa Monica, California Chabad House was thought to possibly be in the New York area, but was spotted at the Cleveland Heights Agudah building.  The alert VIN News reader who spotted Hirsch contacted the FBI who took Hirsch into custody.

The 60 year old Hirsch, a transient who also used the alias Israel Fisher, had been known to frequent synagogues and Jewish community centers seeking charity according to the Santa Monica Police Department.  He was spotted sitting with an open sefer, wearing a yarmulke, and according to one unconfirmed report, spoke Yiddish as well.  Hirsch was described by police and the FBI as “extremely dangerous.”

“VIN News is my favorite,” said the man who spotted Hirsch and called the FBI.  “It’s the news on VIN that made me aware of this story, so from the photo of the story posted earlier today, I recognized Ron Hirsch and called the FBI immediately”.



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 Apr 11, 2011 at 09:22 PM Anonymous Says:

This Hirsh fellow really can mommish blend in with everone else and not be noticed

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 Apr 11, 2011 at 09:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Mesirah?

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 Apr 11, 2011 at 09:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Mesirah?

Are you nuts? This maniac is an attempted murderer! Is it better that he goes ahead and bombs a dozen synagogues killing hundreds of people, chas veshalom? People like yourself allow the child molesters and other violent criminals in our midst to run free and wild because of your perverted misinterpretation of the laws of mesirah. Any man that presents a danger to the community must be reported to the police immediately. That is the halacha! Read the Shulchan Aruch and all the major poskim if your thickheaded brain is not convinced.

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 Apr 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM Normal Says:

#2 yeah should have asked him to go to bais din first.

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 Apr 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM MeirYaakov Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Mesirah?

Doesn't apply to a rodef, which this guy most certainly is.

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 Apr 11, 2011 at 10:23 PM Anonymous Says:

chill !! I think (i hope) #2 was joking!

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 Apr 11, 2011 at 10:55 PM BarDaas Says:

I heard this report on KFI Los Angeles and they said "as repoted on vinnews".

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 Apr 11, 2011 at 11:14 PM ChulentBean Says:

Is he Jewish? certainly does not look so.

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 Apr 11, 2011 at 11:28 PM LAGIRL Says:

Baruch Hashem he was caught. He thought he would be sly and go to Ohio. The bomb he set off landed in the bedroom of a little 11 year old girl. Chabad House on 17th had been very kind and generous to him. Baruch Hashem he was caught so quickly. Yaasher Koach to the leveled headed Yid who called FBI instead of the local police.

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 Apr 11, 2011 at 11:43 PM ExpatriateOwl Says:

Interesting! The Agudath Israel crowd (Moetzes Gedolei Yisroel) have held anti-Internet asifas, have tried to ossur the Internet in general, and VIN in particular. And now the Agudath's own people and property have been saved on account of the VIN Internet site!

Yet another reason to protect your yourself and your kids from the evil influences of the Internet!

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 12:05 AM unbelvbl Says:

Thank you VIN!

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 01:00 AM yidCA Says:

ABC News credits VIN News
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/santa-monica-synagogue-attack-ron-hirsch-arrested-cleveland/story?id=13347699

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 05:50 AM ABC News Says:

"A fellow in our community spotted him in the schul on Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights," said Rabbi Sruly Wolf. "The rabbi who spotted him called the Cleveland Heights police, who immediately responded and called the FBI."

According to the person who spotted Hirsch, the suspect in the California synagogue attack came into the Ohio schul Sunday night and asked another rabbi for a place to stay.

However, Hirsch would not provide the rabbis with the kind of information they required before they would give him a bed in their community center.

"Basically, I took him to get him dinner," said a rabbi involved in the apprehension, who asked not to be identified by name. "I kept on asking him questions. Things did not seem right. We decided to put him up in a local motel.

"Today, I happened to be on the Jewish website 'Vos Iz Neias,'" the rabbi added. "I saw the facial features, although he shaved off part of his beard. First thing I did was call my local rabbi to see if I could report him. He said, 'If he is a danger to society, you have to report him.' I called the FBI in Santa Monica. They asked me to call the Cleveland Heights police. They came to synagogue, and he was sitting right in the back."

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 06:52 AM Normal Says:

#13 interesting that he called a Rov to see if he can be reported. More interesting if in the mean time he slipped out and was not found until ch"vsh etc.

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 07:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
ABC News Says:

"A fellow in our community spotted him in the schul on Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights," said Rabbi Sruly Wolf. "The rabbi who spotted him called the Cleveland Heights police, who immediately responded and called the FBI."

According to the person who spotted Hirsch, the suspect in the California synagogue attack came into the Ohio schul Sunday night and asked another rabbi for a place to stay.

However, Hirsch would not provide the rabbis with the kind of information they required before they would give him a bed in their community center.

"Basically, I took him to get him dinner," said a rabbi involved in the apprehension, who asked not to be identified by name. "I kept on asking him questions. Things did not seem right. We decided to put him up in a local motel.

"Today, I happened to be on the Jewish website 'Vos Iz Neias,'" the rabbi added. "I saw the facial features, although he shaved off part of his beard. First thing I did was call my local rabbi to see if I could report him. He said, 'If he is a danger to society, you have to report him.' I called the FBI in Santa Monica. They asked me to call the Cleveland Heights police. They came to synagogue, and he was sitting right in the back."

Here for #2. He did ask his Rabbi.

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 07:59 AM Anonymous Says:

This guy is undoubtedly Jewish himself. Having said that, his obvious mental health issues probably have nothing to do with Chabad and with Haredim in general.

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 08:01 AM Anonymous Says:

And, rabbi, you don't have to check with your colleagues first. Just call the cops, or in this case, the FBI.

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 08:50 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Here for #2. He did ask his Rabbi.

Chassid Shoteh. If you see a woman drowning, do you call your rabbi on the cellphone before you jump in the water to save her? If the perp slipped away while he was making that call, would you say that it was the appropriate thing to do? Some times one needs to use his seichel.

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 09:46 AM BuckyinWisconsin Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Mesirah?

Are you serious? What, should the Beis Din give him malkus? Really, that comment is so outrageous and shameful that I can only believe you put it out there for its shock value. If not, you really need to do some learning.

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 09:47 AM Anonymous Says:

way to go vin

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 11:33 AM ithas2makesense Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

Chassid Shoteh. If you see a woman drowning, do you call your rabbi on the cellphone before you jump in the water to save her? If the perp slipped away while he was making that call, would you say that it was the appropriate thing to do? Some times one needs to use his seichel.

If Hirsch didnt appear running out of the shul at that moment - it couldnt hurt for the person to make a quick call to his Rav just to make certain of the Halacha. If the "perp" was running away at the moment your point would be valid. Evidently all bases were covered.

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 03:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Don't feel sorry for this guy because he allegedly suffers from mental disease. He is a parasite, and a criminal predator.
Now, he will receive a lengthy jail sentence for the bombing.

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 03:56 PM the klerer Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

Don't feel sorry for this guy because he allegedly suffers from mental disease. He is a parasite, and a criminal predator.
Now, he will receive a lengthy jail sentence for the bombing.

It is not a contradiction to feel sorry for this guys mental suffering and to believe he should nevertheless be locked up.

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