A 26-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the attempted firebombing of a Bloomfield, New Jersey, synagogue, according to the Department of Justice.
Nicholas Malindretos of Clifton, New Jersey, was charged with one count of attempted use of fire to damage and destroy a building used in interstate commerce, the DOJ said in a news release. He made an initial appearance in federal court on Thursday and will be held without bail while the investigation continues.
WCBS-TV reported Malindretos’ public defender said at the hearing his client might be suffering from an undiagnosed mental health disorder. If convicted, Malindretos could face between five and 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
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