By Kalman Heitman
An Orthodox Jewish man is in critical condition after he was repeatedly stabbed and slashed while walking to Shul Wednesday morning.
Police said the man was stabbed about 5:49 a.m. 70 yards from the Mosdos Meharam Brisk Tashnad, a Shul, Beis Medrash and Mikvah in Monsey, NY.
There are no descriptions of a suspect or suspects or a vehicle, if any, at this time, Lohud.com reported.
At about 5:49 a.m. police responded to Howard Drive on a report of a pedestrian struck by a car, Ramapo police said. Upon arrival it was quickly determined that the individual had been stabbed and slashed with an unknown weapon.
Hatzolah transported the victim to Westchester Trauma Center where he was rushed into emergency surgery.
He is listed in critical condition, and suffered multiple serious stab wounds.
Israel Altman, a member of Chaverim emergency services, said the man was about to enter the synagogue at 2 Howard Drive when he was “jumped and beaten and stabbed multiple times.”
Video showed the two attackers had been driving around in the neighborhood before this, Altman said.
The Anti-Defamation League announced that it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrests and convictions of those who carried out the vicious attack.
“We are outraged by this terribly violent incident,” Evan Bernstein, the ADL’s regional director, said in a statement.
“This is truly horrifying. A peaceful walk to shul in the early morning hours is how this man started the day and now he in serious condition in a hospital because of this attack. There is absolutely no room in our communities for violence,” he said. “We must come together and stand shoulder to shoulder, not only to condemn this despicable act, but also work as a community to stem the tide of hatred and violence.”
Police are being assisted by the Rockland County Sheriffs BCI unit and Chaverim of Rockland County.
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People at the synagogue described the attack as scary and called it an unprovoked assault. They said cameras in the area captured the attacker(s) driving around, possibly looking for a victim, before going after the man on Howard Drive. Police have not commented further. @lohud pic.twitter.com/UCB0aqSjMq
— Matt Spillane (@MattSpillane) November 20, 2019