The suspect in the mass stabbing at a rabbi’s home in an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City has been identified as Grafton E. Thomas, 37.
Per FoxNews, Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel said on Sunday the suspect – identified as Grafton E. Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, New York – will face five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary.
Police said Thomas entered the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, a suburb north of New York City, during a Hanukkah celebration – the latest in a string of anti-Semitic incidents in recent weeks that including beatings of Jewish people in the streets of New York City and a massacre at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, N.J.
Police said Thomas fled the scene of the stabbing but was later captured in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
— Chris Eberhart (@ChrisEberhart2) December 29, 2019
Per Heavy, the suspect, identified as Grafton Thomas, lives in Greenwood Lake. Public records show that Thomas lives in a house on Lake Drive that has been owned by a relative since 2001. He previously lived in Brooklyn, New York, records show.
The suspect fled the stabbing scene in a vehicle, but it didn’t take long for police to locate it. Police revealed that the NYPD had located the suspect in the 32nd Precinct. Authorities said a witness wrote down the suspect’s license plate at the scene and it was uploaded into a police database. License plate readers helped alert the NYPD that the suspect had driven his Nissan Sentra into New York City. He was spotted crossing the George Washington Bridge. He then was apprehended in Harlem.
According to CNN, Thomas was found with “blood all over him.” He was arrested just after midnight on Sunday. The stabbings occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday.
Last night, a keen eye & quick response by @NYPD32Pct cops led to the apprehension of a suspect wanted in connection with the horrific attack at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey.
Outstanding work by Officers Radziwon & Mattera. pic.twitter.com/yyZ6sZEOsS
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) December 29, 2019
CBS New York reported that the man entered the Shul and stabbed people with a machete during a Chanukah celebration. According to the television station, the suspect chased people out of the home before fleeing in a car.