to connectVideoRabbi who survived the Chanukah stabbing attack speaks out, suspect pleads not guilty
Jaqui, Heinrich reports of Monsey, New York, New York with the latest on the case.
New York-a man accused of stabbing five people at a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration over the weekend, is being investigated over whether he has a role to play in a separate knife attack, which occurred near a synagogue in a neighboring town in the past month, reports say.
Grafton, Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, is facing five counts of attempted murder and one count of residential burglary following the incident, which unfolded Saturday night in Monsey, new york, new york, which officials have described as an anti-Semitic act of “domestic terrorism.” His bail was set at $5 million.
The investigators, including the FBI, are now looking into the question of whether Thomas was linked to the stabbing of a 30-year-old man in Spring Valley on Nov. 20), a law enforcement source told the New York Post.
Ramapo police escort in Grafton, Thomas, of Ramapo town Hall, to be a vehicle for the police department, on Sunday at Ramapo, N. Y., Thomas is accused of stabbing multiple people to come together, to celebrate Chanukah at a rabbi’s home in an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City. (AP)
A SUSPECT IN THE HANUKKAH ASSAULT AND HAS A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS, FAMILY SAYS
In the result of the attack, the victim was on his way to morning prayers at a religious center, where he was “jumped and beaten up and stabbed multiple times,” Israel Johnson, a member of the non-profit Chaverim emergency services organization, told the Journal News.
“No words were exchanged, and they pummeled him to the ground for a few minutes,” said Rabbi Yisroel Kahan.
The location of the incident is about a 10-minute drive from the Monsey’s house where the sting occurred over the weekend.
GRAFTON, THOMAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES
Law enforcement sources that spoke to the New York Post says that Thomas’ car was spotted in the vicinity of the site of the Sept. 20 stitches and he was done by the Ramapo police department as a person of interest but was later released without charge.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day, when he was asked on Monday if the plug was connected, he said: “it is not that I am aware of.”
“Of course, law enforcement is going to have to look for similarities,” he said. “And you would be remiss if you didn’t have to look at.”
Hanukkah stabbing suspect charged with five counts of attempted murder
Jacqui Heinrich, reports from the scene.
The Thomas family, through a statement from his lawyer said that he had “a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations,” but has “no history of violent acts, and of any convictions for a criminal offence.
“He does not have a known history of anti-Semitism, and was brought up in a family that is accepted and respected in all religions and races,” the statement added. “He is not a member of any extremist groups.”
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The family also expresses their deepest concern and prayers to those who were injured, physically and otherwise, has been profoundly affected by the events of Saturday night, and the family of his sincere desire for their well-being.”
Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, whose house was the scene of the attack, and whose son had been stabbed, he said in a strong statement on Sunday that the Jewish nation will forge forward with faith,” in the face of the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the area.
Fox News’ Maria Paronich contributed to this report.