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Police Charge Man in Bomb Hoax Against LA Synagogue

Police have arrested a man they believe made multiple phony bomb threats against a Los Angeles synagogue on Tuesday.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 12/21/2012, 2:44 AM

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Police have arrested a man they believe made multiple phony bomb threats against a Los Angeles synagogue on Tuesday.

The suspect was identified as Wan Ryung Song, who is also known as Patrick Song, a 46-year-old naturalized citizen and native of South Korea, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Song has been charged with four counts of making a bomb threat, one count of vandalism at a house of worship, one count of a hate crime.

Police received the first call at about 2 a.m., targeting the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, which was immediately searched before authorities determined there was no explosive device.

Then, shortly before 8 a.m., another call was made saying there was some kind of device in or around a patrol car parked nearby, prompting the LAPD to dispatch its bomb squad, which spent several hours investigating the scene.

Police believe Song also vandalized the Wilshire Boulevard Temple with graffiti of a swastika and anti-Semitic comments on Dec. 6, according to the paper.