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FBI releases photos of Santa Monica synagogue bomb suspect at Denver bus station

April 11, 2011 |  5:56 pm

Subject#2 The FBI released images Monday from a surveillance camera at a Greyhound bus station of a homeless man suspected of setting off a homemade explosive device next to a Santa Monica synagogue.

The two grainy photos are believed to show Ron Hirsch, 60, at the bus station in Denver, according to the FBI. Authorities blurred the faces of others at the station.

The bureau said Hirsch fled Los Angeles on Thursday by bus after the explosion at Chabad House on 17th Street. He was believed to have been fleeing to New York but may have gotten off the bus in Denver or elsewhere, authorities said.

Hirsch is believed to be responsible for the explosion that sent a 300-pound metal pipe encased in concrete crashing through the roof of the home of Janti Rashti, who lives next door to Chabad House on 17th Street, near Broadway. Fisher#1

Law enforcement sources told The Times that the explosive contained gunpowder and other materials linked to Hirsch. But authorities said they had not yet determined a motive.

The FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Los Angeles Police Department; the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department; and the Santa Monica police and fire departments continue to investigate the explosion.


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Photos: Man believed to be Ron Hirsch at Denver Greyhound station. Credit: FBI