Prosecutors: Second Suspect Arrested In Connection With NJ Synagogue Attacks

Prosecutor: 'Mr. Dalal Was The Teacher' And 'Mr. Graziano Was The Student'

RUTHERFORD, NJ (CBSNewYork) — Authorities announced the arrest of a second suspect Friday in connection with a series of synagogue firebombings in New Jersey.

Prosecutors in Bergen County said Aakas Dalal, 19, was arrested for his role in anti-Semitic crimes earlier this year. Dalal, who attended Rutgers University, is described as a friend of another suspect, 19-year-old Anthony Graziano, of Lodi. Graziano has already been charged.

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The firebombings occurred at the Temple Beth-El in Rutherford on Jan. 11 and at a synagogue in Paramus on Jan. 3.

While Graziano is accused of actually hurling the device through the window and onto the bed of Rabbi Nosson Schuman in the Rutherford attack, Prosecutor John Molinelli said “Mr. Dalal was the teacher” and “Mr. Graziano was the student.”

“It was Mr. Dalal that directed in how to make it, how often to throw it, how to throw it in a way that it would cause the most damage,” Molinelli said.”Mr. Dalal was actually the instigator of these incidents, advised Mr. Graziano where on the Internet he could find out how to make a Molotov cocktail.”

“It’s a little unnerving to be honest,” Rutgers student Betsy Harvey told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

Once investigators saw someone pointed to Dalal in the comments section of an article on the Graziano arrest, they traced instant messages and texts between the two.

One of the messages was allegedly Graziano telling Dalal before the firebombing “I finally found an all-wood synagogue. Congregation Beth-El in Rutherford.”

After the firebombing, Dalal allegedly wrote “Wow. Nice. I’m looking at the house how.” And then as they are allegedly watching the news in the aftermath of the attacks, Graziano allegedly said “Dude, the ADL Jew is hilarious. He looks like he’s about to roll over and cry.”

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Schuman barely got his family out alive in the Rutherford attack.

“He did impact my private life — it’s been much harder to sleep and we live with a little bit of fear. Now that this other person has been caught, it’s very satisfying,” Schuman told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

Mollinelli said both teens are also responsible for two anti-Semitic graffiti incidents at temples in Hackenasck and Maywood in December.

Graziano has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of first-degree attempted murder, bias intimidation and aggravated arson.

Authorities said he was also seen on surveillance video buying materials to make a bomb. Mollinelli said Graziano was also trying to acquire a gun.

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  • natalie porter


    • Rodin

      Ever hear of “lower case”? SCREAMING just makes your comments more inane.

      (Your language, spelling, grammar and syntax show you even more ignorant than your comment does.)

  • Andy Vasvari

    Walking is better than seating when someone is not old.
    Do not be too harsh on these kids.
    Probably they have a different cause than it was interpreted a generation ago elsewhere.

  • Rodin

    “Mankind can never be free until the last brick in the last church falls on the head of the last priest.” ~ Voltaire

    “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest” ~ Denis Diderot

    What could I possibly add to something so expertly stated>

    • State teaches hate

      Yeah that’s all very hypocritical. Fact is you can blame State for teaching hate. For just one example the State conducts a proxy war against the Muslim states for their oil (using Israel or Zionists using Israel) — while ranting about Muslim defiance.
      This country’s hopeless. God is great.

      • Bernard Manning

        Please feel free to join the millions who emigrate to “Muslim states” to improve their quality of life. Oh, never mind, nobody does– unless they’re going to Yemen or Pakistan for terrorist training.

        • Rodin

          I’m leaving for Canada in April. Bought a lovely Victorian house in a small college town which we’ve been restoring. Had it with AmeriKKKa’s lunacy! I have options, a Canadian wife.

          “When people ask me, an American expat, what it’s like living in Canada, I tell them, ‘It’s kind of like living in the States,
          if the States were on lithium.’ ”
          Author of “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival”

      • Rodin

        Read Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” then get back to me.

        “Monotheistic religion is a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of ßan illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few nonevents.” ~ Christopher Hitchens

        TRANSLATION: Islam, Judaism and Christianity are all based on the same delusions of illiterate lunatics roaming the deserts of the Middle East. Koran = Talmud = Babble.

        Free from religion, good without gØds.

  • lee

    Corrupt California DEA where stealing drugs from evidence vaults and reselling them to cover extensive credit card debt.
    They also are creating suspects by planting evidence just so that they can steal from them.
    Given the choice of suspension or dealing with their debt most DEA are thinking outside the box.

    • Rodin

      Do try to stay on topic….

      • Glenn Erdmann

        I think he was a customer.

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