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Old 05-17-2017, 08:13 AM
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Teen arrested and charged with torching synagogue
By Tina Moore and Daniel Prendergast
May 17, 2017 | 9:06am | Updated

A 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged with torching a historic Lower East Side synagogue, police sources told The Post.

The teen was busted Tuesday night at his home, which is not far from the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue at the corner of Broome and Suffolk streets.

The boy, whose identity has not been released because he is a minor, has been charged with felony arson, police sources said.

Police began to suspect the fire may have been intentionally set when they reviewed surveillance footage and saw what appeared to be three teens running away from the building shortly after the fire began.

Cops busted him after speaking to one or more of his friends who were present at the time the fire was set, and implicated him as the person who started the blaze, police sources said.

The people who provided that information told cops that their friend acted alone even though they accompanied the suspect into the abandoned temple, sources said.

The teen will likely be arraigned at Manhattan Family Court later Wednesday.

The 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue was destroyed in a massive inferno Sunday night.
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