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Crime Motive remains unclear after 5 stabbed during Monsey Hanukkah celebration

15:20  30 december  2019
15:20  30 december  2019 Source:   abc7ny.com

5 stabbed in 'act of domestic terrorism' at Hanukkah party; suspect facing attempted murder charges

  5 stabbed in 'act of domestic terrorism' at Hanukkah party; suspect facing attempted murder charges Authorities say that five people were stabbed north of New York City during a Hanukkah celebration late Saturday night and a possible suspect has been located. A suspect was taken into custody in the Harlem section of New York City a short time after the attack, the NYPD said. The suspect faces five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, Police Chief Brad Weidel said Sunday. Monsey is about 30 miles north of Harlem. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday called the attack an act of domestic terrorism and directed the State Police hate crimes task force to investigate.Start the day smarter.

A man attacked a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi's home in Rockland County late Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people before fleeing in a vehicle. Fifty to 60 people were inside the synagogue, which is connected to the home, at the time. Saturday was the seventh night of Hanukkah .

At least five people have been injured, including two who remain in critical condition. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered the state New York police responded to a "mass stabbing " at an Orthodox rabbi's house in the suburb of Monsey during Hanukkah celebrations late Saturday.

A man attacked a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi's home in Rockland County late Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people before fleeing in a vehicle.

The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) says the victims were stabbed shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday at the home on 47 Forshay Road in Monsey.

What we know about the suspect in the Hanukkah stabbings in Rockland County

  What we know about the suspect in the Hanukkah stabbings in Rockland County What we know about the suspect in the Hanukkah stabbings in Rockland CountyGrafton E. Thomas, 37, from Greenwood Lake, New York will face five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, according to Police Chief Brad Weidel.

At least five people have suffered multiple stabbing and slashing injuries following a gruesome machete attack during Hanukkah celebrations at a rabbi’s home next Video from the scene of the stabbings at a synagogue in Monsey where Chassidim were gathered for a Hanukkah celebration

A knifeman attacked a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi's home north of New York City late on Police outside a residence in Monsey , New York, after five people were stabbed during a Authorities have not provided a motive for the attack. The incident happened a month after a man

Fifty to 60 people were inside the synagogue, which is connected to the home, at the time. Saturday was the seventh night of Hanukkah.

Witness Aron Kohn described the moment the suspect walked into the Rabbi's residence and began attacking with a knife he described as almost as big as "a broomstick."

"I saw him walking in by the door. I asked who was coming in in the middle of the night with an umbrella. While I was saying that, he pulled it out from the thing and he started to run into the big room, which was on the left side. And I had thrown tables and chairs, that he should get out of here. And the injured guy, he was bleeding here, bleeding in his hand, all over," Kohn said. "I ran into the other room to save my life. I saw him running this way, so I ran the other way to save my life. He said something but I could not understand what he said. I saw him pull out the knife from the holder, the case."

In photos: Stabbing at Hanukkah Celebration

  In photos: Stabbing at Hanukkah Celebration In photos: Stabbing at Hanukkah Celebration

A knifeman attacked a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home north of New York City late on Saturday, stabbing and injuring five people before Police said the stabbings happened at around 10pm in Monsey , one of several Hudson Valley towns that have seen an influx in large numbers of

A man stabbed people celebrating Hanukkah at the home of a rabbi in a suburb of New York City Saturday night. The attack comes amid a surge of anti-Semitic violence in the Authorities gather on a street in Monsey , N.Y., Sunday following a stabbing late Saturday during a Hanukkah celebration .

All of the victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition, officials said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday morning that the Rabbi's son was a victim and is recovering. One victim is in very serious condition with wounds to the head

Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel identified the suspect as Grafton E. Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, New York. He was apprehended in a grey Nissan Sentra at 144th street and Adam C Powell Boulevard in Harlem shortly after the attack.

Thomas entered pleas of not guilty to 5 counts of attempted murder and burglary at his arraignment on Sunday morning. He was ordered held on $5-million bond.

Monsey is one of several Hudson Valley towns that have seen an influx in large numbers of Hasidic Jews in recent years.

The attack appeared to be the latest in a string targeting Jews in the region, including a massacre at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey earlier this month.

Everything we know about the stabbing in Monsey that injured five

  Everything we know about the stabbing in Monsey that injured five There was a knife attack during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey around 10 p.m. Dec. 28. Here is what we know. © Seth Harrison/The Journal News First responders work near the home of a rabbi on Forshay Rd. in Monsey, N.Y. Sunday night after a man entered the house and stabbed multiple people who were there for a Hanukkah gathering. Five people were stabbed in an 'act of domestic terrorism'Just before 10 p.m., an attacker with a knife that a witness said was the size of a broomstick stabbed five people at a Hanukkah party at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg.

On Saturday night, December 28, 2019, the seventh night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah , a masked man who was wielding a large knife or machete invaded the home of a Hasidic rabbi in

MONSEY , N.Y. — Jewish organizations are reporting multiple people were stabbed at a synagogue in Monsey , New York, while celebrating Hanukkah late Saturday night. The five people were taken to hospitals for treatment. It is unclear what the extent of their injuries are or a motive in the stabbing .

Former New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind called for leaders to take action after the attack.

"We are in a crisis. This is an emergency situation and the leaders of the state of New York need to declared that in the state of New York anti-Semitism is out of control and what people want to know, is what is the plan, what is going to be done to address this," he said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he considered the attack "an act of domestic terrorism" after visting the scene and meeting with the Rabbi and his wife on Sunday morning.

"It's a sad and very disturbing morning," he said. "This is intolerance, meets ignorance, meets illegality. This is an American cancer in the body turning one cell on another."

Cuomo added this is about the 13th incident of anti-Semitic in New York in the last few weeks.

"Violence spurred by hate and it's against the law," he said.

Cuomo directed the State Police hate crimes task force to immediately investigate Saturday's stabbings.

President Trump commented on the Monsey stabbing labeling it an "anti-Semitic attack"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also condemned the attack.

The stabbings occurred a month after a man was stabbed while walking to a Monsey synagogue. The man required surgery. It's unknown if the person suspected in that stabbing has been arrested.

Jewish communities in the New York City metro area have been troubled following a deadly Dec. 10 shooting rampage at a northern New Jersey kosher market. Six people died in the shooting, including the two killers, a police officer and three people who had been inside the store.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the attack was driven by hatred of Jews and law enforcement.

The stabbings come after the NYPD said they were stepping up patrols due to an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents this month.

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Hanukkah stabbing suspect indicted on six charges of attempted murder .
Grafton Thomas, 37, is also being investigated for another earlier stabbing on Nov. 30, police said.Grafton Thomas, 37, is also facing three counts of assault, three counts of attempted assault and two counts of burglary in connection to the attack at a rabbi's home in the hamlet of Monsey, a little more than 30 miles northwest of Midtown Manhattan, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh announced.

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