Sex Offender Arrested for Orthodox Synagogue Fires in Las Vegas

Afshin Bahrampour, an dual Iranian and American national and Sex Offender, has been arrested in connection to two fires at a the Chabad of Southern Nevada Desert Torah Academy.

Three cars were set ablaze Monday night in the parking lot of Chabad of Southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Earlier the same evening, a trash can was set alight in a restroom inside the building. One vehicle was badly damaged, while the other two vehicles suffered minor damage.

They had previously that same night responded to another fire, set in a waste basket inside the Synagogue.

Investigators found him in the parking lot across the street, and after interviewing him, determined he was the person involved – as they had him on video setting the fire.

“Unfortunately, throughout the thousands of years of Jewish history, we’ve been targets of multiple attacks, attack after attack,” Chabad Rabbi Levi Harlig told News 3. “God is with us and he protects us and the Jewish nation thrives. The Jewish nation is alive and we’re getting better and were getting stronger.”

Bahrampour spent eight years in prison for molesting a 13 year old girl, and is currently registered as a sex offender.

He may face federal hate crime prosecution, although the ATF has not commented yet.

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