By COLlive reporter
A horrific anti Jewish attack is being reported from Monsey where reports say multiple Jewish people were stabbed at the conclusion of Shabbos Chanukah.
According to reports, a black male entered Rabbi Rottenburg’s Shul, located in the Forshay neighborhood in Monsey, and pulled out a machete, VINnews said.
People present said the attacker removed the cover from the sharp blade and proceeded to stab several people. One of the victims was stabbed in the chest.
The perpetrator then ran out and escaped in a vehicle. His plates were spotted before he left, and the police are currently searching for him.
Video clips show that Hatzalah medical volunteers is on scene and are treating the victims.
CBS New York’s Tony Aiello reports at least five people been taken to area hospitals with injuries.
While the motives of the attacker are not verified yet, this attack happened amid a slew of violent and even deadly attacks against members of the Jewish community in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere.
“At 9:50 this eve, a call came in about a mass stabbing at 47 Forshay Road in Monsey (Rockland County; 30 miles North of NYC). It’s the house of a Hasidic Rabbi. 5 patients with stab wounds, all Hasidic, were transported to local hospitals,” Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) of Hudson Valley said.
“Two 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.”
The counterterrorism unit of the NYPD said: “We are closely monitoring the reports of multiple people stabbed at a synagogue in Monsey, NY (Rockland County).”
New York Attorney General Letitia James: “I am deeply disturbed by the situation unfolding in Monsey, New York tonight. There is zero tolerance for acts of hate of any kind and we will continue to monitor this horrific situation. I stand with the Jewish community tonight and every night.”
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Update: 11:43 pm
The NYPD has been searching for the suspect
In a vehicle which was seen crossing the 145th St Bridge toward the Bronx. Suspect was said to be driving a gray Nissan Sentra with NYS license plate reading HPT5757.
Update: 12:05 am
Several reports say the NYPD stopped a vehicle matching the description at W 177 Street and 7th Avenue in Harlem at around mindnight, and a suspect from the vehicle was taken into custody.
Ramapo PD says the suspect is in custody:
“The suspect fled the scene, but he is in custody at this time. This investigation is still ongoing,” they said.
Update: 6:00 am
Officials are still working an active crime scene, Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel said in a news conference.
He said a suspect, described as a tall black man, was apprehended by police.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the stabbing was “the latest in a string of attacks against members of the Jewish community in New York this week.”
“Let me be clear: anti-Semitism and bigotry of any kind are repugnant to our values of inclusion and diversity and we have absolutely zero tolerance for such acts of hate,” the governor said in a statement.
He directed the state’s Hate Crime Task Force to investigate the incident. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of New York also said they were heading to the scene to learn more and coordinate with law enforcement.
In response to the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would work with local authorities to deal with incidents of anti-Semitism.
“Israel condemns in every sense the latest anti-Semitic incidents and the brutal attack in the middle of Hanukkah at the rabbi’s house in Monsey, New York. We send wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured,” he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. “We will work together in every way with the local authorities in order to help eliminate this phenomena. We offer our help to all countries.”