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Synagogue blast suspect brought back to SoCal

Ron Hirsch, 60, is suspected of setting off a pipe bomb outside the Chabad House Lubavitch of Santa Monica on 17th Street on Thursday, April 7, 2011.

April 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A fugitive suspected of causing an explosion at a Santa Monica synagogue has been returned to Southern California.

Ron Hirsch appeared in a Riverside courtroom late Friday on a federal charge of unauthorized flight. His arraignment is scheduled for May 23.

The 60-year-old transient was arrested in Ohio last week after a rabbi recognized him. He is accused of being responsible for a blast that sent a pipe and concrete crashing into a Santa Monica house.

Hirsch has been charged with four felony counts, including possession of a destructive device and explosion with intent to murder.

He faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.