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An East Longmeadow man was arrested Wednesday and charged with transporting explosives in connection with allegedly trying to torch a Jewish nursing home earlier this month, according to newly unsealed court records.

John Michael Rathbun, of Lori Lane, was arrested after federal agents raided his home this morning.

While Rathbun has not been charged with a hate crime and an investigation remains ongoing, investigators said they found his blood on a charred Christian church pamphlet stuffed in a yellow gas container and left at Ruth’s House, an assisted living facility on Converse Street in Longmeadow. The facility is “guided by Jewish value, but serves all faiths,” according to its website.

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