ARLINGTON (CBS) – Arlington police are calling a hearth exterior a neighborhood rabbi’s dwelling “suspicious” and are asking for the general public’s assist in figuring out an individual seen strolling away from the realm on the time of the fireplace.
The small hearth burning on the wooden shingles on one aspect of the Lake Avenue dwelling was shortly extinguished by firefighters Saturday night time.
“Out of respect for the privateness of the resident, within the early phases of this investigation, we didn’t draw consideration to the truth that the resident is a rabbi, however as this investigation has continued and after consulting with the resident and the Arlington Human Rights Fee, we, sadly, have to go away open all prospects till the investigation is full,” Performing Police Chief Julie Flaherty mentioned. “We strongly encourage anybody who might have details about this hearth or the suspicious particular person seen leaving the realm to contact the Arlington Police Division.”
The rabbi was within the dwelling along with his spouse and three kids on the time of the fireplace, however the household was not injured.
Arlington police say they haven’t uncovered proof that the fireplace was focused. The rabbi conducts spiritual companies from his dwelling, so his handle is publicly obtainable. Nonetheless, no graffiti or different messages have been discovered and no proof of chemical accelerants was instantly discovered. The rabbi mentioned he didn’t obtain any threats or discover suspicious conduct.
The Arlington Police Division has added further patrols to the realm and is working in collaboration with cultural teams.
“Arlington is a neighborhood that rallies round its personal, and we stand able to help our residents and Arlington’s Jewish neighborhood in any potential method,” mentioned Arlington Human Rights Fee Co-Chairman Naomi Greenfield. “We’re keenly conscious of the rise in hate speech and biased-related incidents across the nation, although we hope the investigation will conclude that this isn’t one in every of them. There isn’t a place in our neighborhood to incite worry and threaten the protection and safety of our residents on the premise of their beliefs and non secular background. We encourage the Arlington neighborhood to focus its help on helping with the investigation if potential and increasing help to the affected household and the Middle for Jewish Life in Arlington/Belmont.”
Police say surveillance video acquired from a neighbor exhibits a person or girl with a particular gait/posture strolling away from the realm through the time of the fireplace. Police are asking anybody who acknowledges the particular person to name 781-643-1212.