Bomb Plot Suspects Arraigned

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Three of the four suspects alleged to have plotted to blow up two Riverdale synagogues and shoot down military planes based at Stewart Airport have been arraigned in federal court in White Plains.

At the arraignment, Assistant US Attorney Eric Snyder described the suspects as "extremely violent men who easily embraced terrorism." The alleged ring leader and high school dropout, 55-year-old James Cromitie, told US Magistrate Lisa Smith that he had smoked pot yesterday but could still understand the proceedings. All three men who appeared before the judge said they were U.S. citizens and needed the court to provide them with Legal Aid lawyers. The trio was sent to the Westchester County Penitentiary and are scheduled back in court June 5th. The fourth suspect Laguerre Payen, who is believed to be a Hatian national, will be arraigned later this afternoon.

 James Cromitie, is led from a NY federal building, May 21.
James Cromitie, is led from a NY federal building, May 21.
David Winter, exec. dir. of the Riverdale Jewish Center.
David Winter, exec. dir. of the Riverdale Jewish Center.
Police stand guard outside of Riverdale Temple.
Police stand guard outside of Riverdale Temple.
In front of the White Plains federal court.
In front of the White Plains federal court.
Vincent Briccetti, attorney for James Cromitie, in White Plains.
Vincent Briccetti, attorney for James Cromitie, in White Plains.
A cowboy wear store in Newburgh, New York, home of suspects.
A cowboy wear store in Newburgh, New York, home of suspects.
The New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport.
The New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport.
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