SANTA MONICA (CBS) — Santa Monica police want the public to be on the lookout for a transient suspected in an explosion outside a Santa Monica synagogue last week.

No one was hurt in Thursday’s early morning explosion near Chabad House Lubavich, but police said they want to talk to 60-year-old Ron Hirsch.

ron hirsch Transient Accused In Blast Near Jewish Center Still At Large

(credit: Santa Monica Police Department)

Police say Hirsch is homeless and sometimes goes by the name Israel Fisher. He’s about 5 feet 7 inches and 205 pounds, with thinning hair and a full beard. He is known for panhandling outside synagogues, including Congregation Bais Yehuda on North La Brea Avenue, according to police.

Authorities won’t specify exactly what materials led them to Hirsch. Initially neighbors were told it was an industrial accident.

“We looked at some of the stuff that was involved in the industrial accident and as a result we found some materials that we believed caused the explosion. As a result, we’re looking for this individual,” Sgt. Jay Trisler of the Santa Monica Police Department said.

Authorities say they do not believe this was a hate crime, yet LAPD has confirmed they have stepped up security at area synagogues and Jewish centers.

“We put out an alert for the purpose of primarily protecting the security of the Jewish institutions and secondarily as in a partnership with law enforcement to gather information or evidence about this individual that they’re looking for,” Amanda Susskind of the Anti-Defamation League said.

Hirsch is wanted on possession of a destruction device. Police say he is considered dangerous. Anyone who has seen Hirsch is urged to call police at (310) 458-8427.

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Comments (8)
  1. drozone69 says:

    Had the perpetraiter been any other color or religion the media would have a field day of terrorist ativity against the small little humble jews.Just goes to show you that even their own do not like zionism.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Ha, you are trying to rationalize a mentally ill homeless man and blame the media for not making a big deal about it. Such a fool you are.

  2. Really says:

    How did a homeless guy have the resources to pull this off? There’s something about this that smells fishy.

  3. drozone69 says:

    Its an isurance scam by the master race of scammers.He looks well fed and groomed in the recent picture.Probably already on a plane back to motherland.Nice to have dual citizenship.

  4. Josh Butts says:

    Yeah, how did this bum get a hold of this explosive device that the FBI can’t even seem to identify?

  5. PL says:

    The man who panhandles in front of synagogues,
    doesn’t necessarily make him Jewish.
    Nor does a first name of Israel

  6. Dan Goldman says:

    PL: “Hirsch” and “Fisher” are common Jewish surnames. There is little doubt in this case, especially if his name actually is Israel.

    No idea why he would want to attack his own religion’s place of worship; if he was a Muslim maybe I could understand.

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