New Square burn victim, accused attacker remain hospitalized
The victim and alleged perpetrator of an arson attack yesterday both remain hospitalized this evening.
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The victim, Aron Rottenberg, 43, received burns to over 50 percent of his body. His family says he underwent a painful surgery to facilitate his recovery process.
Officials say the accused perpetrator, 18-year-old Shaul Spitzer, may have attacked Rottenberg because of his choice of synagogues.
Spitzer is a butler for the Grand Rabbi David Twersky, who leads the community's main synagogue, which Rottenberg didn't attend. The synagogue issued a statement condemning the alleged attack and any act of violence.
The attorney for Rottenberg said that the attack may have been ordered by Rabbi Twersky. Rottenberg's home had been a site of previous protests by other Hassidic Jews saying Rottenberg should get out of New Square.
Spitzer has been charged with attempted murder and attempted arson in connection with the attack.
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