LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of causing an explosion at a Santa Monica synagogue has been ordered held without bond in a Riverside court.

U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Thom Mrozek says Ron Hirsch appeared in court late Friday on a federal charge of unauthorized flight. His arraignment was scheduled for May 23.

Hirsch was arrested in the Cleveland, Ohio, area last week after a rabbi recognized him.

Hirsch, a 60-year-old transient, has been charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office with four felony counts, including possession of a destructive device and explosion with intent to murder. He faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

An FBI affidavit said Hirsch was linked to the explosion by a mailing label on a box of demolition agent.

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Comments (3)
  1. AJ Morgan says:

    “He faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.”

    Probably what he was after, roof over hsi head, 3-squares a day, rec room, showers… All in all, sound like he is moving up in the world.

    1. D says:

      Ya it’s the marriot…..I’m sure it’s been his life’s dream to end up in prison……it’s so much better than being free and on the street

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