Man accused of setting fires at local Jewish center faces judge

Faith Jessie

The man accused of setting two fires at Chabad of Southern Nevada Monday night faced the judge for the first time Thursday morning.

Police believe Afshin Bahrampour set a car on fire in the Jewish Center's parking lot after first attempting to set a fire in the men's bathroom of the center.

In court on Thursday, the judge listed the five charges against Bahrampour – including arson – and set a preliminary hearing date.

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One of the biggest victims of the fire is Pinchas Winograd, the owner of the car that is now totaled.

Winograd says he's not angry but told News 3 that he's wondering what the motivation was. He called the incident despicable and believes at the very least it was an act of mischief caused by a troubled individual.

“I think he’s very sad. I’m told he has prior arrest records and so forth, so it’s unfortunate that someone takes God-given life and squanders it basically on crime and hurting other people and so forth when there’s so much more you could do," said Winograd.

This is the third incident of 2017 that's kept Chabad of Southern Nevada on high alert.

Bahrampour is expected back in court on May 25.