Monsey, New York- At around 10 p.m. last night people were gathered around celebrating the seventh day of Hanukkah when an intruder entered the home of R
The Monsey area of New York is a large Orthodox Jewish community. Last night a frighting scene occurred and it could have been much worse.
Just as a large group of people were about to light candles, a man came bursting in with a huge knife, possibly a machete and stabbed 5 people before fleeing.
A witness in the home of the rabbi Aaron Kohn depicted what he saw.
“I was praying for my life. He started attacking people right away as soon as he came in the door. We didn’t have time to react. We saw him pull a knife out of a case. It was about the size of a broomstick.”
Mr. Kohn told reporters after the man fled, he attempted to enter a synagogue next door. Congregation Netzach Yisroel is led by Rabbi Rottenberg.
Thankfully the people inside the synagogue heard the screams coming from next door and locked the doors so the attacker could not find his way inside and reek more havoc.
At around 12 a.m. police officials announced they had captured a suspect 30 miles away in Harlem. The police have not determined if this attack was an anti-Semitic hate crime.
Town supervisor for Ramapo Michael B. Specht had this to say about the incident.
“Obviously, there’s been a history in the region of violent attacks upon the Orthodox community. This is something very nightmarish to have happened in our town.
Our thoughts and prayers here at IMU Media go out to all the family members and friends of the 5 victims of this senseless act of violence.
(Cover photo and source NY Times)