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Hollywood Synagogue Arsonist Charged with 19 Felonies




An alleged arsonist accused of setting a fire inside a classroom at a Hollywood synagogue and other structures was charged today with more than a dozen felonies.

Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney of the Arson Section said Dmitriy Sheyko, 21, is expected to be arraigned this afternoon in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Suspect in arson and burglary of temple on Hollywood Blvd.

Sheyko was found to be in police custody on charges unrelated to the synagogue arson in the days following the incident.  Los Angeles Police and LAFD had previously released footage obtained from security cameras at the location to ask for help from the public in identifying the suspect.

Sheyko is charged with 19 felony counts involving burglary, arson and use of a destructive device. Bail for the defendant is recommended at $3 million.

The defendant is accused of breaking into several structures and setting fires in all but one of the locations, including Temple Israel of Hollywood, which is located at Hollywood Blvd an Fuller.

Sheyko also allegedly burglarized and set fire to several residences in the community of Beverly Ridge Terrace where he purportedly used Molotov cocktails in two of the homes as well as to destroy a flatbed truck. The alleged offenses took place on April 14 and 17, 2011.

If convicted as charged, Sheyko faces a maximum sentence of 21 years in state prison.

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