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Man arrested with ‘blood all over him’ after ‘machete’ attack at rabbi’s house

The suspect stabbed and wounded five people at a rabbi’s house in New York during a gathering to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah late Saturday (Picture: Getty/CBS News)
A man has been arrested after five people were stabbed at a rabbi’s home in New York City while celebrating Hanukkah, in what the city’s governor described as an act of domestic terrorism.

According to law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case, the suspect was arrested with ‘blood all over him’, CNN reported.

Thomas Grafton, 37, was arrested while driving into New York City, after officers identified his number plate.

He will face five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, according to Police Chief Brad Weidel.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said one person was very seriously wounded and remained in critical condition.

Thomas Grafton, 37, is seen leaving the NYPD’s 32nd precinct in handcuffs hours after the attack (Picture: CBS News)
Police work the scene of a residence in Monsey, New Yo..

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Suspect behind 'machete' attack' at rabbi's home in New York arrested with 'blood all over him'
The suspect stabbed and wounded five people at a rabbi’s house in New York during a gathering to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah late Saturday (Picture: Getty/CBS News)

A man has been arrested after five people were stabbed at a rabbi’s home in New York City while celebrating Hanukkah, in what the city’s governor described as an act of domestic terrorism.

According to law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case, the suspect was arrested with ‘blood all over him’, CNN reported.

Thomas Grafton, 37, was arrested while driving into New York City, after officers identified his number plate.


He will face five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, according to Police Chief Brad Weidel.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said one person was very seriously wounded and remained in critical condition.

New York City police have arrested a man suspected of stabbing five people in a rabbi's home during a Hanukkah celebration in the small Rockland County town of Monsey late on Saturday night. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Thomas Grafton of Greenwood Lake, is seen leaving the NYPD's 32nd precinct in handcuffs hours after the attack in video from CBS New York / New York City police have arrested a man suspected of stabbing five people in a rabbi's home during a Hanukkah celebration in the small Rockland County town of Monsey late on Saturday night. The suspected attacker stormed into the home of Rabbi Chaim Leibush Rottenberg, the leader of Congregation Netzach Yisrael-Kosson, at around 10pm and began wildly swinging a knife at some 60 worshippers gathered for a candle-lighting ceremony for the seventh night of Hanukkah. He stabbed five 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. The suspect 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. ADVERTISING
Thomas Grafton, 37, is seen leaving the NYPD’s 32nd precinct in handcuffs hours after the attack (Picture: CBS News)
Police work the scene of a residence in Monsey, N.Y., early Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, following a stabbing Saturday during a Hanukkah celebration. Authorities say that several people were stabbed north of New York City late Saturday night and a possible suspect has been located. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region tweeted reports that the stabbing took place at the house of a Hasidic rabbi while they were celebrating Hanukkah. (Seth Harrison/The Journal News via AP)
Police work the scene of a residence in Monsey, New York, following the attack (Picture: The Journal News)

The rabbi’s son was also injured, however his status and that of the other victims is not clear.

Authorities have not provided a motive for the attack, but Cuomo said it was an example of larger problems in American politics.

He told reporters outside the rabbi’s home that this is an ‘intolerant time in our country’, adding that ‘we see anger, we see hatred exploding.’

He added: ‘It is an American cancer on the body politic.’

Members of the Jewish community gather outside the home of rabbi Chaim Rottenbergin Monsey, in New York on December 29, 2019 after a machete attack that took place earlier outside the rabbi's home during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah in Monsey, New York. - An intruder stabbed and wounded five people at a rabbi's house in New York during a gathering to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah late on December 28, 2019, officials and media reports said. Local police departments, speaking to AFP, declined to give the number of people injured, but a suspect has been taken into custody and a vehicle safeguarded, an NYPD spokesman said. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the Jewish community gather outside the home of rabbi Chaim Rottenbergin after the attack (Picture: AFP)

He said he thought the crime was an act of domestic terrorism and expected it to be prosecuted that way.

Police said the stabbings happened at around 10 p.m. on Saturday.

A witness saw the suspect fleeing in car and alerted police to license plate number, officers said.

The rabbi’s home remained cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape on Sunday morning.

Police gather outside a residence in Monsey, N.Y., early Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, following a stabbing Saturday during a Hanukkah celebration. Authorities say that several people were stabbed north of New York City late Saturday night and a possible suspect has been located. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region tweeted reports that the stabbing took place at the house of a Hasidic rabbi while they were celebrating Hanukkah. (Seth Harrison/The Journal News via AP)
The governor of New York described the attack as ‘an act of domestic terrorism’ (Picture: The Journal News)

According to public records, the home belongs to Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, who leads the adjacent synagogue.

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

Aron Kohn told The New York Times he was inside the home during the stabbings.

He said: ‘I was praying for my life.

Police work at a residence in Monsey, N.Y., early Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, following a stabbing Saturday during a Hanukkah celebration. Authorities say that several people were stabbed north of New York City late Saturday night and a possible suspect has been located. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region tweeted reports that the stabbing took place at the house of a Hasidic rabbi while they were celebrating Hanukkah. (Seth Harrison/The Journal News via AP)
Thomas Grafton, 37, was arrested while driving into New York City

‘He started attacking people right away as soon as he came in the door. We didn’t have time to react at all.’

The attack also drew condemnation from Israel’s president and prime minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: ‘Israel unequivocally condemns the recent expressions of anti-Semitism and the vicious attack in the middle of Hanukkah on the rabbi’s house in Monsey, New York.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media outside the home of rabbi Chaim Rottenbergin Monsey, in New York on December 29, 2019 after a machete attack that took place earlier outside the rabbi's home during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah in Monsey, New York. - An intruder stabbed and wounded five people at a rabbi's house in New York during a gathering to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah late on December 28, 2019, officials and media reports said. Local police departments, speaking to AFP, declined to give the number of people injured, but a suspect has been taken into custody and a vehicle safeguarded, an NYPD spokesman said. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the attack was a sign of an American cancer on the body politic’ (Picture: AFP)

‘We send our wishes of recovery to the wounded. We will cooperate in every way with the local authorities in order to defeat this phenomenon. We offer our help to each and every state.’

Cuomo, who called the stabbings a ‘cowardly act,’ directed the New York State Police hate crimes task force to investigate.

He said: ‘Let me be clear: anti-Semitism and bigotry of any kind are repugnant to our values of inclusion and diversity and we have absolutely zero tolerance for such acts of hate.’

Jewish communities in the New York City metropolitan area have been left shaken following a deadly December 10 shooting rampage at a Jersey City kosher market.

Six people – three people who had been inside the store, a police officer and the two killers – died in the gunbattle and standoff that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has said was ‘fuelled’ by hatred of Jews and law enforcement.

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