Teen Accused in Synagogue Attacks Also Charged in Rutgers Fire
Aakash Dalal allegedly tried to set fire to a military building at Rutgers.
Aakash Dalal, the alleged teen mastermind of attacks on multiple Bergen County synagogues, is facing new charges.
Middlesex County authorities say Dalal, 19, set fire to newspapers and deposited them in the mail slot of of the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, NorthJersey.com reports.
The building suffered minimal damage and no one was hurt in the attack, a Rutgers spokesman said. Dalal was charged with third-degree arson.
Dalal taught Lodi teen Anthony Graziano how to make the molotov cocktails used in attacks on two Bergen County synagogues, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said. Graziano, with encouragement from Dalal, firebombed Congregation K'hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus and Congregation Beth El in Rutherford, Molinelli said.
Dalal was charged with aggravated arson, conspiracy to commit aggravated arson and bias intimidation in connection with the firebombings.
"Mr. Dalal was actually the instigator of these incidents," Molinelli said.