A man who is believed to have thrown a Molotov cocktail at the synagogue’s entrance in northern New Jersey last weekend is currently being held.
The allegations against Nicholas Malindretos, 26, of Clifton, were revealed by Philip Sellinger, the US Attorney for New Jersey, at a press conference on Thursday. Malindretos is accused of attempting to damage and destroy a building with fire.
A man is seen throwing the firebomb at the temple in surveillance footage from the location. According to police, the glass bottle broke but didn’t hurt the suspect’s temple, and he ran off down the driveway.
When Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield reported property damage, police were called around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Federal prosecutors claim that a car passed by just before and just after the event was recorded by a license plate scanning device nearby.
Authorities discovered the car in the nearby Clifton neighborhood, and inside they found several items that were visible in the incident video.
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