Synagogue firebomb suspect pleads not guilty; held on $3.5M bail
HACKENSACK | The second man charged in a series of attacks on synagogues in northern New Jersey has pleaded not guilty.
Aakash Dalal, 19, of New Brunswick is charged with conspiracy, aggravated arson, bias intimidation and criminal mischief.
Mr. Dalal appeared in court in Hackensack on Monday. His plea was entered by his attorney. He’s being held on $2.5 million bail. After Mr. Dalal was arrested Friday, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli characterized him as an instigator in the January firebombings allegedly carried out by Anthony Graziano, then 19.
Mr. Dalal is said to have encouraged Mr. Graziano and showed him how to make the bombs, though he is not believed to have participated in the acts themselves.
The attacks included firebombing of a house of worship where a rabbi and several family members were sleeping upstairs.