Suspect arrested in stabbing attack at Monsey rabbi’s home


(JTA) — A suspect was arrested in the stabbing attack at the home of a Hasidic rabbi in Money, New York.

He was identified early Sunday morning as Grafton Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, NY.

Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel told the Associated Press that he faces five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary.

The suspect was caught in his car after license plate readers on the George Washington Bridge and in Harlem helped police locate the vehicle, identified as a silver sedan, NBC 4 New York reported, citing an unnamed senior law enforcement official.

The Yeshiva World News reported that he was arrested covered in blood.

Thomas was arraigned on Sunday. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is scheduled to again appear in court on Friday, CNN reported.

Public defender Kristine Ciganek said in court that her client had no criminal history and lived with his mother. Bail was set at $ 5 million.

A statement issued Sunday night by a lawyer, Michael Sussman, in the name of the family said  Thomas “had a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations” and “no known history of anti-Semitism,” The New York Times reported .

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