Second suspect in Hacknesack synagogue vandalism pleads not guilty

| March 17, 2012

The second suspect allegedly involved in spray-painting anti-Semitic and white supremacist graffiti at a Hackensack synagogue in December, as well as other local bias attacks, pleaded not guilty on March 5 to numerous charges filed against him.

Aakash Dalal, 19, of New Brunswick and formerly of Lodi, pleaded not guilty to aggravated arson, bias intimidation, conspiracy and criminal mischief in Bergen County Superior County in Hackensack for his purported role in a series of attacks on synagogues in Bergen County.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli pointed to Dalal as an "instigator" who goaded his reported partner, Anthony Graziano, of Lodi, into committing arson attacks against two synagogues in Rutherford and Paramus on Jan. 11 and Jan. 3, respectively.

Prosecutors also stated that Dalal and Graziano were the individuals who spray-painted anti-Semitic and white supremacist graffiti on the property of two synagogues in Maywood and Hackensack in December.

During a brief court appearance, Dalal, whose arrest was announced by the prosecutor's office on March 2, was charged with nine counts of aggravated arson, conspiracy to commit aggravated arson, bias intimidation and criminal mischief.

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