Cops say woman targeted synagogue


OLD ORCHARD BEACH (AP) – A Saco woman who allegedly left a message on an answering machine at a synagogue warning of a bomb on the property was arrested and charged with terrorizing, police said.

Police said 32-year-old Ami Arbassio left her name and address in the message on Congregation Beth Israel’s answering machine.

Congregation officials contacted police Thursday night. Police closed an area in Old Orchard Beach and evacuated several buildings. A bomb-sniffing dog from the South Portland Police Department searched the synagogue and found nothing.

An Old Orchard Beach detective drove to the Saco address left on the answering machine and brought Arbassio back to the police department to be interviewed.

, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Old Orchard Beach Deputy Chief Keith Babin said Arbassio “indicated she had a hatred for the Jewish community.”

Babin said she was charged with terrorizing, a class C felony, and was sent to the York County Jail.

Information from: Portland Press Herald,

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