Male charged with arson in pair of fires at Las Vegas synagogue

Thursday, May 11, 2017|11:05 a.m.

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Afshin Bahrampour A male with a previous misdemeanor conviction in a garbage can arson case has been charged with setting two fires at a Las Vegas synagogue.

Afshin Bahrampour sat shackled and staring at the floor Thursday during his very first court look on felony arson and robbery charges.

He was jailed after a vehicle fire late Monday outside the Chabad Jewish Center of Las Vegas and a small trash can fire earlier inside the building.

Bahrampour wasn’t asked to go into a plea. The judge scheduled a May 25 preliminary hearing.

Bahrampour is being held at the Clark County prison in Las Vegas.

His designated public defender, Rafael Nones, declined to comment.

The 47-year-old Bahrampour pleaded an equivalent of no contest last September to misdemeanor attempted arson in a trash can fire at a state office complex in Las Vegas.

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