Santa Monica synagogue bomb suspect indicted by federal grand jury
A 60-year-old homeless man was indicted Tuesday on federal explosives charges in connection with a blast last month outside a Santa Monica synagogue.
He fled California on a bus, but was apprehended several days later in Cleveland.
Hirsch, who is in federal custody, was indicted by a federal grand jury and faces up to 70 years in prison if convicted of the four felony charges, authorities said.
The explosion hurled a 250-pound piece of concrete-encased steel pipe that smashed into a nearby home. The slab tore a hole in the roof above a bedroom where a 12-year-old girl was sleeping, according to papers filed in federal court.
-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Ron Hirsch. Credit: Santa Monica Police Department