Hanukkah Attempted Murder Suspect Grafton E. Thomas, 37, Taken Into Police Custody

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Governor Cuomo calls attack an act of domestic terrorism fueled by intolerance

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a joint statement with over 130 faith leaders from across the state condemning anti-Semitism in wake of attack that took place during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey last night. Last night’s mass stabbing is the latest in a disturbing rash of anti-Semitic attacks throughout the state during the Hanukkah holiday. 

Anti-Semitism, bigotry and hate of any kind are repugnant to our values and will not be tolerated in our state. We condemn this attack and all attacks against members of the Jewish community in New York — an attack against one of us is an attack against all of us. Together we will continue fighting hate and intolerance with love and inclusion.

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Mr. Thomas fled the scene of the incident but was later arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was arrested after they located his vehicle, confirmed Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel. He faces five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, Weidel said. Police have identified him as Grafton E. Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, New York.

Police do not know if the Rabbi was a specific target of Mr. Thomas or his motive. Mr. Thomas pleaded not guilty on all five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary. He will remain in custody of the state until a trial date has been set.

Bail has been set at $5 Million Dollars.

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