Five people have reportedly been stabbed at a Hanukkah celebration at a Hasidic rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York, a heavily Orthodox Jewish area, late Saturday night, according to Vos Iz Neias.
The suspect reportedly entered Rabbi Rottenburg’s Shul in the Forshay neighborhood, unsheathed a machete and stabbed multiple worshippers, one of them in the chest, before driving away. The rabbi’s home is next door to his congregation.
The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council said five people, all Hasidic, were transported to local hospitals with stab wounds.
2 of the victims of the attack were taken into hospital as critical. The perp's face was partially covered with a scarf but skin showed him to be an African American.
— OJPAC Hudson Valley (@OJPACHV) December 29, 2019
The council said the incident unfolded just before 10 p.m.
The suspect, whose face was mostly covered during the attacks, is now in custody, according to the Ramapo Police Department.
The attack comes the same day a woman was charged with attempted assault as a hate crime for allegedly slapping three Jewish women in the head in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, during Chanukah.
Police have received eight reports of possible anti-Semitic attacks since Dec. 13 in the city, and Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Friday that the NYPD would step up patrols in multiple heavily Jewish neighborhoods, reports The Hill.
Three Jews stabbed in a synagogue in Monsey tonight. An intruder came into Rabbi Rottenberg's shul with a machete.
There are no words to describe the anxiety of this moment. pic.twitter.com/F4VBhNWMpz
— Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt (@avitalrachel) December 29, 2019
*BREAKING NOW* Multiple people stabbed inside Rabbi Rottenberg Shul in Forshay (Monsey). Reports a black man armed with a knife began stabbing people.
Credit – Monsey News. pic.twitter.com/butbeZmSYf
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) December 29, 2019