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LA man charged with making phony bomb threat against temple

LAPD detains Wan Ryung Song, 46, after he threatened to blow up Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Koreatown

Associated Press
Published: 12.20.12, 09:33 / Israel News

A Los Angeles man has been arrested and charged with making a phony bomb threat against a Jewish temple and a police car that was parked nearby.


Wan Ryung Song's arrest on Wednesday comes a day after the threat sparked street closures around the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Koreatown as the bomb squad searched for explosives.


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The synagogue – which is the oldest in Los Angeles – was empty at the time of the threat. Residents of nearby apartments were evacuated.


Authorities said the 46-year-old Song called in the threats from public phone just blocks away.


Police suspect that he vandalized the temple with graffiti of a Swastika and anti-Semitic comments on December 6.


Song was charged with four counts of making a bomb threat and one count of vandalism at a house of worship and one count of hate crime.


He was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.



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