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Third synagogue firebombing plot brings more charges

Photo Credit: Bergen County Prosecutor

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli confirmed this morning that the 19-year-old man accused of firebombing a Rutherford rabbi’s home and igniting a small arson blaze outside a Paramus synagogue has been charged with a plot to torch a third target — in an incident first disclosed on CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

Anthony M. Graziano
(MUGSHOT: Bergen County Prosecutor)

Authorities found materials for a “pre-deployed” device outside the Jewish Community Center (pictured) after questioning Anthony M. Graziano, derailing what likely would have been another attack, two sources with direct knowledge of the case told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

“Some good investigative work by the prosecutor’s office, local police, the FBI and the ATF may have prevented further damage — and possibly more serious injuries,” one of sources told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

At least one additional count was brought against Graziano on Wednesday, a day after detectives from Molinelli’s office officially charged him in connection with the other two incidents.

Following the discovery, Molinelli on Wednesday morning requested a squad of specially trained dogs to search for accelerants within a 10-mile radius of Graziano’s home.

Searches Wednesday and Thursday didn’t find any additional devices or materials, said Bergen County Police Lt. James Giblin, a K9 unit commander who headed the operation.

The radius was chosen because Graziano doesn’t have a car. Authorities allege he made several trips to and from various targets on his bicycle.

“He wasn’t always riding the bike with these devices,” a source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT for the story published Wednesday. “He would hide [them] at the location and then go back later.”

As of 2:45 this afternoon, Graziano remained held on $5 million bail in the Bergen County Jail on charges that include several counts of attempted murder, two of aggravated arson and two of bias intimidation.

The original CLIFFVIEW PILOT story:

More firebombings of synagogues may have been planned

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 17:57 Jerry DeMarco

CLIFFVIEW PILOT EXCLUSIVE: Store-bought materials similar to those used in both the firebombing of a Rutherford rabbi’s home and an attempted arson at a Paramus synagogue were found outside another temple in Bergen County this week, raising the possibility that at least one other attack was planned, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.



Prosecutor: Manhunt in synagogue attacks leads to lone teen with bike, backpack, bombs

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:06 Jerry DeMarco

CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAD IT FIRST: Investigators have charged a 19-year-old loner eclipsed by the shadow of his military serviceman brother in connection with the Jan. 11 firebombing of a Rutherford rabbi’s home and a Jan. 3 arson at a Paramus synagogue. Bail for Anthony Marco Graziano of Lodi is $5 million.


Rutherford rabbi turns firebomb into seeds of love

Saturday, 21 January 2012 19:10 Richard E. Schultz

AN OFFICER WRITES: The coward who firebombed the home of Rabbi Rosson Schuman and his family failed to produce the terror, silence or cries for vengeance that such incendiary devices are meant for. No. The hateful act offered the Rutherford rabbi an opportunity to deliver a message that is as important now as ever.


Authorities confirm arrest in firebombing of Rutherford rabbi’s home

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:07 Jerry DeMarco

CLIFFVIEW PILOT SCOOP: A massive search of a Lodi home last night led to the arrest of a suspect in the firebombing of a Rutherford rabbi’s home, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. One of the pieces of evidence: Orange Crush soda.


Man wanted for questioning in Rutherford firebombing

Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:28 Jerry DeMarco

CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS IT FIRST: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli on Friday authorized the release of what were investigatory images obtained by CLIFFVIEW PILOT of a man buying hair spray, bottles, duct tape and other materials at the Wal-Mart on Route 46 in Saddle Brook that were used in the pre-dawn firebombing of a Rutherford rabbi’s home. There’s a reward for anyone who can lead authorities to him.


Bias attacks prompt unprecedented Bergen County 24-hour joint patrols

Friday, 13 January 2012 17:57 Jerry DeMarco

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen County’s top public safety leaders each told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that unprecedented 24-hour patrols of Bergen County’s religious and ethnic community facilities will continue for the indefinite future, amid a manhunt for whoever is responsible for throwing a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Rutherford rabbi’s bedroom.


Arsonists targeted Rutherford rabbi with Molotov cocktails, authorities believe

Wednesday, 11 January 2012 11:26 Jerry DeMarco

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: The FBI has entered an investigation into a pair of what are now believed to be related attacks on Jewish temples in Bergen County, the most serious occurring early this morning when one of four or five Molotov cocktails crashed through the bedroom window of  a rabbi who lives upstairs from his Rutherford synagogue with his wife and five children, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.


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