Monsey Hanukkah stabbing

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On the night of December 28, 2019, the seventh night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, a masked man wielding a large knife or machete invaded the home of a Hasidic rabbi in Monsey, Rockland County, New York, where a Hanukkah party was underway, and began stabbing the guests. Five men were wounded, two of whom were hospitalized in critical condition. Party guests forced the assailant to flee by wielding chairs and a small table. Three months after the stabbing, the most severely injured stabbing victim, aged 72, died of his wounds.

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Monsey Hanukkah stabbing
Part of antisemitism in the United States
LocationForshay Road, Monsey,
New York, U.S.
Coordinates41.1431514°N 74.0830215°W / 41.1431514; -74.0830215
DateDecember 28, 2019
c. 10:00 p.m. (EST; UTC−05:00)
Attack type
Mass stabbing
Hate crime
Deaths1 (died from injuries in March 2020)
AccusedGrafton E. Thomas

The suspect was captured shortly after the attack. He had a long history of serious mental illness and had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia the year before the attack. He was charged in state court with five counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree burglary, and in federal court on federal hate crime charges. A federal judge ruled him incompetent to stand trial on the federal charges.