New York Stabbing Suspect Arraigned by Police

New York Stabbing Suspect Arraigned by Police

The incident unfolded next to the rabbi's synagogue in Monsey, a small town in Rockland County about 20 miles outside of New York City. More than 30% of its residents are Jewish. He vowed to propose a law that would make NY the first state to treat these types of incidents as domestic terrorism.

Jewish communities in the New York City metro area have been troubled following a deadly gun rampage at a northern New Jersey kosher market on December 10. We are praying for the rapid recovery of those injured.

Several state and local officials described the location of the stabbing as a synagogue.

What happened in the Monsey stabbing?

Thomas allegedly entered the home of Rabbi Chaim Leibish Rottenberg, who was hosting a Hanukkah gathering, and began wildly stabbing those inside. Gluck told the AP that he hit the assailant with a coffee table.

Weidel said a witness saw the suspect fleeing in a auto and alerted police to the license plate number.

The graffiti referenced an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory related to the US's September 11, 2001 terror attacks which falsely claims Jews were responsible for the attacks.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that police presence would increase in Brooklyn neighbourhoods with large Jewish populations.

What do we know about the suspect?

This is another in a series of recent attacks against Jewish people in the Tri-state area.

New York City Police wouldn't immediately confirm whether anyone was in custody. Grafton E. Thomas had blood all over his clothing and smelled of bleach when officers stopped him, prosecutors said. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered held on $5 million bail at his arraignment Sunday in Ramapo Town Court, where he's due to make his next appearance January 3.

He pleaded not guilty.

What do we know about the victims?

Some accounts of the situation said the attacker first set upon people with a machete during festivities at a rabbi's residence.

The police department confirmed that five people were stabbed and said that the investigation was going on.

The victims, all Hasidic members of the Jewish faith, were transported to local hospitals - two in critical condition - the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) tweeted after receiving a call at 9:50pm.

During a press conference Sunday morning, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called the attack an "act of domestic terrorism".

"I wish I could say it's an isolated situation". That's in addition to other hateful incidents targeting the black, Latino and LGBT communities, he said.

"Just because they don't come from another country doesn't mean they are not terrorists. How many incidents do you have to see from coast to coast?"

Earlier this month officials in New Jersey said a gun attack that killed a detective and three people in a Jewish supermarket was being investigated as "potential acts of domestic terror, fuelled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs".

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outside the house.

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