To the Community Looking for the Alleged Arson Suspect
We are asking, imploring upon you the readers and the law enforcement community, to please treat the suspect with care, kindness and compassion. If, with emphasis added, he was the victim of some wrongdoing, and that drove him to a breaking point, he has lived a lifetime of trauma.
There is little justification for committing crimes, but there may be mitigating circumstances.
There would be no justice for anyone if he is not given the opportunity to defend any actions he may or may not have taken in the fire as suspected.
The home of a Brooklyn rabbi erupted in fire early Friday in what investigators suspect was an arson attack by a man who accused the rabbi of being a pedophile.
Thirteen people, including a 6-week-old baby, were injured. None of the injuries were life-threatening, although 12 people were sent to the hospital, including nine civilians, two firefighters and an EMS medic.
The blaze erupted in a car outside a home in the Midwood neighborhood and spread to three others, including that of Rabbi Jonathan Max, the New York Daily News reported.
Investigators are looking into Menachem Karelefsky as a suspect, according to the Daily News. The Pittsburgh resident, who also goes by Matthew, on his LinkedIn profile accused Max, a teacher at the Chaim Berlin Yeshiva, of being a pedophile.
A phone number listed on Karelefsky’s LinkedIn profile leads to a voicemail message in Hebrew that says “May the name and memory of Rabbi Max be erased, simply, really, forever.”
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