LONGMEADOW, Mass. — A Massachusetts man faces federal charges after he tried, but failed, to blow up a Jewish assisted living facility earlier this month, authorities said.
John Michael Rathbun, 36, of East Longmeadow, was arrested April 15 and charged with two counts of attempted arson, according to Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
Rathbun is accused of setting a homemade bomb April 2 near the entrance to Ruth’s House, described as a Jewish-sponsored assisted living residential facility for seniors of all faiths. According to the Longmeadow Police Department, a passerby spotted the suspicious item, which fortunately did no damage.
John Michael Rathbun, 36, of East Longmeadow, was arrested April 15 and charged with two counts of attempted arson after a bomb constructed of a canister of gasoline and a partially-burned religious pamphlet was found April 2 near Ruth's House, a Jewish assisted living facility in Longmeadow...