A judge on Thursday refused to reduce the $4-million bail of one of the two men accused in the arson and firebombing of several Jewish facilities in Bergen County.
“I don’t see anything before this court to warrant a bail reduction,” Judge Edward Jerejian said at a hearing in Superior Court in Hackensack, turning down a request from Aakash Dalal for a lower bail.
Dalal, 21, of New Brunswick and his co-defendant, Anthony Graziano, 21, of Lodi, were arrested in early 2012 and charged with launching a series of attacks on a number of local synagogues that struck fear in the Jewish community for weeks.
The most brazen attack took place in January 2012, when several Molotov cocktails were hurled into the residential quarters of Congregation Beth El on Montross Avenue in Rutherford, where Rabbi Nosson Schuman lived with his family, authorities said. All escaped the attack without injuries, except for the rabbi, whose hand was burned as he tried to put out the fire, they said.
Bergen County prosecutors said Graziano was the one who went to the different locations to carry out the attacks, while Dalal — through cell phone text messages and instant messaging — took part in the planning of the attacks and encouraged Graziano to carry out the attacks.
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