Authorities arrested a machete-wielding black man after he reportedly stormed into a rabbi’s Hanukkah party and stabbed five people in the latest instance of anti-semitic violence to strike greater New York City.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling the act “domestic terrorism.”
The alleged perpetrator, Thomas Grafton, was found by the NYPD covered in blood.
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The Daily Mail reports:
Grafton allegedly stormed into the home of Rabbi Chaim Leibush Rottenberg, the leader of Congregation Netzach Yisrael-Kosson, in Monsey at around 10pm and began wildly swinging a machete at some 60 worshippers gathered for a candle-lighting ceremony for the seventh night of Hanukkah.
He stabbed multiple people before a man threw a coat rack, table and chair at the assailant and chased him out of the home, Hasidic organization Chabad reported, citing witnesses and officials in the majority-Jewish community.
Grafton then tried to enter the synagogue next door but it was barricaded by people who had taken shelter inside. He then reportedly fled in a gray car, as seen in surveillance video.
Officials were later seen in video from CBS New York marching Grafton, who is African American, out of the precinct in handcuffs before transporting him back to Rockland County, where he faces five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary.
The attack comes a little more than two weeks after a mass shooting at a Kosher grocery store in Jersey City, New Jersey, where two men linked to an anti-Semitic fringe movement killed four people.
As of this publication, two of the victims in last night’s assault remain hospitalized.