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Santa Monica synagogue bomb suspect indicted by federal grand jury

May 3, 2011 |  3:58 pm

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.

Ron Hirsch faces charges including detonating an explosive device April 7 outside the Chabad House, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. Ron Hirsch

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.


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Photo: Ron Hirsch. Credit: Santa Monica Police Department