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US Monsey Stabbing: 5 Wounded at Rabbi’s Home in N.Y. Suburb

14:48  29 december  2019
14:48  29 december  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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

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The home of the ultra-Orthodox rabbi was in Monsey , N . Y ., an area with a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews. At 9:50 this eve, a call came in about a mass stabbing at 47 Forshay Road in It' s the house of a Hasidic Rabbi . 5 patients with stab wounds , all Hasidic, were transported to local hospitals.

Police outside a rabbi ' s home in Monsey , N . Y ., where at least five people were stabbed , Dec. At 9:50 this eve, a call came in about a mass stabbing at 47 Forshay Road in Monsey (Rockland It's the house of a Hasidic Rabbi . 5 patients with stab wounds , all Hasidic, were transported to local

MONSEY, N.Y. — An intruder with a large knife burst into the home of a Hasidic rabbi in a New York suburb on Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people just as they were gathering to light candles for Hanukkah, officials and a witness said.

a bench in front of a house: Numerous people were celebrating Hanukkah at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, N.Y., on Saturday night when an intruder attacked, officials said.© Mohamed Sadek for The New York Times Numerous people were celebrating Hanukkah at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, N.Y., on Saturday night when an intruder attacked, officials said.

It was a terrifying scene, the officials and witness reported, saying that the violence occurred at about 10 p.m. as numerous people were celebrating Hanukkah at the home of the rabbi, Chaim Rottenberg, in Monsey, which is in an area with a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews.

In photos: Stabbing at Hanukkah Celebration

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Ruptly is live from in Monsey , New York state, on Sunday, December 29, after at least five people were wounded in a stabbing attack on a celebration Reports suggest he was wielding a machete. The stabbing took place just before 10pm local time on Saturday (03:00 GMT Sunday) at a rabbi ’ s home

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 to a synagogue in Monsey , New York.

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“I was praying for my life,” said Aron Kohn, 65, who said he was in the rabbi’s home at the time. “He started attacking people right away as soon as he came in the door. We didn’t have time to react at all.”

“We saw him pull a knife out of a case,” Mr. Kohn said. “It was about the size of a broomstick.”

Mr. Kohn said that after the attacker fled, he tried to enter a synagogue next door, Congregation Netzach Yisroel, which is led by Rabbi Rottenberg.

But people inside the synagogue apparently heard screams from the rabbi’s home and, fearful, locked the door so the attacker could not get in, Mr. Kohn said.

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.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An attacker stabbed five people late on Saturday at a Hasidic rabbi ' s home in New York state and fled before apparently The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) said on Twitter an attacker wearing a scarf stabbed the victims at a house in Monsey , Rockland County

It's the house of a Hasidic Rabbi . 5 patients with stab wounds , all Hasidic, were CBS New York reported that a man brandishing a machete went into the rabbi ' s property in Monsey , New York Saturday's stabbing follows a shooting earlier this month at a kosher deli in a New York suburb that

Police officials announced around midnight that a suspect had been caught, but they did not immediately indicate whether they were investigating the violence as an anti-Semitic hate crime.

“The suspect fled the scene, but he is in custody at this time,” police officials said.

Michael B. Specht, town supervisor for Ramapo, which includes Monsey, said the suspect had been arrested in New York City in the 32nd Precinct, which covers Harlem.

The suspect’s identity was not disclosed by the authorities. Harlem is about 30 miles away from Monsey.

“Obviously, there’s been a history in the region of violent attacks upon the Orthodox community,” Mr. Specht said. “This is something very nightmarish to have happen in our town.”

Yossi Gestetner, a co-founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, a group that covers New York and New Jersey, said one of the victims was the rabbi’s son.

Everything we know about the stabbing in Monsey that injured five

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A man has stabbed five people at a rabbi ’ s home in New York state, during Hannukah celebrations, police said. The attacker then fled by car The attacker then fled by car, police said. The stabbings happened at around 10 pm in Monsey , one of several Hudson Valley towns that have seen an influx

At Chassidic Rabbi ' s Home , Multiple People Stabbed , During Chanukah Celebration. During a Chanukah gathering in the home of Rabbi Chaim L. Rottenberg, in the Forshay neighborhood in Monsey , N . Y ., an individual with a scarf covering his face entered just before 10 p.m., brandishing a

“The house had many dozens of people in there,” Mr. Gestetner said in a phone interview. “It was a Hanukkah celebration.”

Peggy Green, a Monsey resident who is Jewish, said she was at the Evergreen Kosher Market at around 10 p.m. when she heard that there had been a stabbing nearby on Forshay Road.

Ms. Green said the market, which is usually open until midnight on Saturdays and was busy with people shopping for Hanukkah parties, closed early.

Ms. Green, who lives nearby, said she tried to drive near the rabbi’s home but found Forshay Road blocked off by a long line of ambulances and police cars.

“It’s very scary,” she said, of being Jewish in Rockland County, adding that she thinks synagogues should have more armed security.

Ed Day, county executive for Rockland County, which is northwest of New York City, condemned the attack.

“Law enforcement in Rockland will leave no stone unturned as they bring those guilty of this crime to swift and severe justice,” Mr. Day said in a statement.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he had ordered the State Police hate crimes task force to investigate the stabbings.

What to know about Grafton Thomas, suspect in stabbing at NY Hanukkah party

  What to know about Grafton Thomas, suspect in stabbing at NY Hanukkah party NEW YORK (1010 WINS) - A 37-year-old man was arraigned Sunday in the stabbing of five people at a Hanukkah celebration in Rockland County Saturday. He was identified as Grafton E. Thomas from Greenwood Lake in Orange County, where he is said to live with his mother. At his arraignment at Ramapo Town Hall in Ramapo on Sunday, he pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and burglary. Bail was set at $5 million and he remains jailed. He's scheduled to appear again in court on Friday, Jan. 3.© AP Neighbors gather to show their support of the community near a rabbi's residence in Monsey, N.Y., Sunday, Dec.

The attack came after a surge in anti-Semitic violence in the New York region. On Friday, the police in New York City stepped up patrols in three Brooklyn neighborhoods after what officials called an “alarming” increase in incidents.

Last month, an Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed just steps away from a local synagogue as he was walking to morning prayers. The synagogue’s surveillance cameras showed a vehicle stopping near the man and then the attack on him, according to a manager there.

No one has been charged in that attack, and officials have not determined that it was a bias crime.

Rockland County, a collection of five towns northwest of New York City, has more than 300,000 people. About 31 percent of the population is Jewish, according to the state, and the county has one of the largest concentrations of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the country.

The ultra-Orthodox population has surged in recent years as Hasidic families from Queens and Brooklyn, priced out of their neighborhoods, moved to the suburbs.

“The community is terrified,” said Evan Bernstein, the New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, who was at the crime scene in Monsey on Saturday night. “They are very, very scared.”

Orthodox Jews in Monsey were already rattled by recent assaults against Jews that took place in the last week in Brooklyn, as well as a deadly anti-Semitic shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City this month, he said.

Three people, two of them Orthodox Jews, were killed at the market, which was at the center of a growing Hasidic Jewish community in Jersey City.

Officials later declared the attack an act of domestic terrorism and said it was fueled by the assailants’ anti-Semitic beliefs.

While officials have not yet said whether they are investigating the stabbing on Saturday night as a hate crime, Mr. Bernstein said Orthodox community members he had spoken with felt the circumstances made them feel as though they were being targeted.

“This spate of assaults that we saw this past week was unlike anything I’ve experienced in my six and a half years at the A.D.L.,” he said. “And then, to have that really bookended with what happened in Jersey City and now, here in Monsey.”

Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs contributed reporting.

Monsey man who lured Grafton Thomas outside during stabbing honored on Sunday .
Josef Gluck, the man who threw himself in front of machete-wielding Grafton Thomas, was honored on Sunday.The 32-year-old Monsey man used a table to stop the assault that left five men of the Hasidic Jewish community wounded, including 72-year-old Josef Neumann who as a result of the attack remains in a coma.

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