Crown Heights Shul Targeted for Hate Crime

| September 20, 2010

An unhinged man was nabbed for hatching a plot to rob a Brooklyn synagogue and then fight off cops with pipe bombs and guns, authorities said.

Elias Narvaez, 21, allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks as he crafted his plan, explaining he was targeting an Orthodox synagogue on Montgomery Street in Crown Heights because its gold-colored front doors suggested the congregation was wealthy.

“He wanted to rob Jews,” a law-enforcement source told The Post.

Narvaez’s idea was to use a bomb to knock out the lights, and then enter the darkened building to hold up the congregation with a Glock semiautomatic pistol and a revolver.

Narvaez reportedly believed the darkness would help him ambush responding cops.

“When they come, we will start shooting at them,” he told an informant. “I’ll throw a pipe bomb at them . . . If I die, I’ll die.”

A law-enforcement source said of the plot, “It was taken very, very seriously.”

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