Santa Monica Chabad suspect charged for fleeing police

| April 12, 2011

[UPDATED at 10 p.m.]
Ron Hirsch, who is suspected of setting off an explosion outside a Chabad, was taken into federal custody today.

Hirsch has been charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office with “various explosive-related offenses, including ‘explosion with intent to murder,’” Reuters reported. He has also been charged with the federal crime for his “flight to avoid prosecution for damaging or destroying any building.”

Hirsch is scheduled to appear in a hearing on Wednesday in Cleveland that will determine if he will remain in federal custody or if he can be released on bail.

The explosion, which took place last Thursday, was deliberately set off outside the Chabad in Santa Monica. There were no deaths or injuries. Hirsch was arrested by local police in Cleveland on Monday, four days after he fled Los Angeles by bus, and he was taken into federal custody today.

As on Tuesday night, federal authorities didn’t know at what point Hirsch would be extradited to Los Angeles and if that would be brought up during the hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

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