FBI: Suspect targeted Jewish nursing home

Massachusetts man faces possible hate crime charges after attempted firebombing attack. WWLP's Sydney Snow reports.

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP/NBC News) — A Massachusetts man has been charged with attempting to blow up a Jewish assisted living facility.

The FBI found a homemade explosive device next to a tank of gasoline outside of the assisted living facility ‘Ruth’s House’ on April 2nd.

Investigators also found the suspect’s blood on the side of a gas canister near the facility, along with a burnt Christian religious pamphlet.

Authorities arrested the suspect, 36-year-old John Rathbun, on Wednesday after a DNA sample from the blood found on the gas tank matched his profile.

The FBI also searched Rathbun’s East Longmeadow home, where they collected more evidence.

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