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Surveillance video shows NYPD arresting suspect in the stabbing attack at NY rabbi’s home

Surveillance video shows NYPD arresting suspect in the stabbing attack at NY rabbi's home

Surveillance video shows NYPD arresting suspect in the stabbing attack at NY rabbi's home

Posted by NTV Houston on Monday, December 30, 2019

Surveillance video posted by the NYPD shows two officers arresting Grafton Thomas late on Saturday (December 28) night in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. 

Thomas is the suspect in the stabbing attack earlier that night at a Hanukkah celebration at the home of a rabbi in Monsey, New York that left five people injured

The video, posted on the Instagram page of New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, shows two NYPD officers with guns drawn approaching a silver car driven by Thomas.

Thomas, from Greenwood Lake, New York, is due to return to court in the town of Ramapo on Jan. 3 after he was arraigned on Sunday on five counts of attempted murder and ordered held on $5 million bail.

According to Yossi Gestetner, co-founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, the attacker had his face partially covered with a scarf when he stabbed five people, two of whom were in critical condition.

Roughly a third of the population of Rockland County is Jewish, including a large enclave of Orthodox Jews who live in secluded communities.

Another attack took place in Monsey in November when a man walking to a synagogue was stabbed multiple times, according to media reports.

The attack on the party, which was attended by dozens of people, followed a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City and surrounding areas.

New York City’s police department said on Friday it was stepping up patrols in heavily Jewish neighborhoods.

Saturday’s violence in Rockland County was at least the 10th anti-Semitic incident in the New York and New Jersey area in the last week, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization.

(Production: Soren Larson)

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