(JTA) -- The 19-year-old man charged in attacks on two northern New Jersey synagogues confessed to the crimes, prosecutors said.
Anthony Graziano confessed to the Jan. 11 firebomb attack on a synagogue and residence in Rutherford and the Jan. 3 arson attack on a synagogue in Paramus, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Martin Delaney said Tuesday, according to reports.
Also Tuesday, Graziano pleaded not guilty to additional charges that he planned to attack the Jewish Community Center of Paramus.
(JTA) -- The 19-year-old man charged in attacks on two northern New Jersey synagogues allegedly planned to attack another nearby synagogue.
Anthony Graziano of Lodi, N.J., who has pleaded not guilty to the two attacks, allegedly hid Molotov cocktails and a bicycle in the woods near the Jewish Community Center of Paramus with plans for an attack on Jan. 7.
The Bergen County prosecutor on Jan. 27 added charges of aggravated arson and bias intimidation for the planned attack.
After firebomb attack on N.J. synagogue, rabbi embraced by Rutherford neighbors.
Just days after extinguishing flames in his bedroom from a firebomb attack, Rutherford, N.J., Rabbi Nosson Schuman has begun talking about turning this hate crime into an event that unites the entire community and brings together Jews of all denominations.
“We suffered 10 minutes of extreme hate and at least four days of great love and solidarity,” the rabbi said, noting that there was an interfaith event on Saturday night. “We’re now going to try to do something else to promote understanding and unity in the community.”