(Tea Party PAC) – The first photographs of the suspect involved in the Monsey synagogue attack have been released. The suspect has been identified as 37-year-old Thomas Grafton of Greenwood Lake.
On Saturday, Grafton made his way into a rabbi’s house where he brutally stabbed five people.
The anti-Semitic attack happened during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
What’s even worse is the fact that a far left writer has blamed white supremacy for this whole tragedy.
Here’s more from Gateway Pundit:
According to Heavy.com some sites gave the suspect’s name as Thomas Grafton or Thomas E. Grafton, but public records give it as Grafton Thomas.
The man used a machete in his attack and then sped off before he was captured by New York City Police in Harlem.
The suspect’s vehicle was stopped by police on the George Washington Bridge.
Erin Biba is a far left science writer who has contributed to National Geographic, BBC, Scientific American, NBC News, PopSci, The Daily Beast, Gizmodo, Earther, Dame and WIRED magazine.
Last night after Grafton Thomas entered a synagogue in Monsey and slashed and injured at least 5 Jews during Hanukkah Erin Biba blamed white supremacy.
Grafton Thomas is black.
Erin is obviously nuts.
Here’s more on the incident from Fox 6 Now:
Security camera footage the NYPD made public Sunday night showed two officers approaching Thomas’ sedan with guns drawn before the suspect placed his hands on the roof of the car and he was put in handcuffs.
President Donald Trump condemned the “horrific” attack, saying in a tweet Sunday that “We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism.”
Thomas, 37, was arraigned Sunday and pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary. Bail was set at $5 million and he remains jailed. He didn’t answer questions as authorities escorted him to a waiting vehicle.
Thomas’ criminal history includes an arrest for assaulting a police horse, according to an official briefed on the investigation who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. A lawyer representing Thomas at the arraignment said he had no convictions.
The Greenwood Lake street where Thomas lived with his mother, about 20 miles from Monsey, was blocked with police tape Sunday as FBI agents and police officers carried items from their home.
The FBI is seeking a warrant to obtain his online accounts and were scouring digital evidence, the official said. They are also looking into his mental health history.
The family’s pastor, the Rev. Wendy Paige, said Thomas has been suffering from mental illness and that his family believes that condition was the cause of the alleged stabbings — not hatred toward Jewish people. She said his family is sorry for the pain he has caused.
The stabbings on the seventh night of Hanukkah left one person critically wounded, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The rabbi’s son was also injured, he said. Authorities have not provided a motive and Shea said investigators do not believe, at this point, that any other people were involved in the attack.
The attack was the latest in a string of violence targeting Jews in the region, including a Dec. 10 massacre at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey. Last month in Monsey, a man was stabbed while walking to a synagogue.
Cuomo said Saturday’s savagery was the 13th anti-Semitic attack in New York since Dec. 8 and endemic of “an American cancer on the body politic.”
“This is violence spurred by hate, it is mass violence and I consider this an act of domestic terrorism,” Cuomo said. “Let’s call it what it is.”
Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel said it was unclear why the rabbi’s house was targeted or if a specific ideology motivated the suspect. According to the official briefed on the investigation, authorities do not believe Thomas is connected to recent anti-Semitic incidents in New York City.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called on the FBI to investigate possible links between the Monsey stabbing spree and other recent attacks. The Simon Wiesenthal Center said it wants the FBI to create a special task force.
“Enough talk, it is time for action to deter those who propagate this hatred,” Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said.
The stabbings happened around 10 p.m. Saturday at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, located next door to his Congregation Netzach Yisroel synagogue. The large house on Forshay Road remained cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape Sunday.
“The guy came in wielding a big knife, sword, machete — I don’t know what it was,” said Josef Gluck, who hit the assailant with a coffee table during the attack.
“He took it out of his holder, started swinging,” Gluck said.
Levy Kraus, 15, said he was outside the rabbi’s home when he saw a tall man enter with an object.
“He had something in his hand. It looked like an umbrella. It was covered,” Kraus said.
Later, he said he saw the man rushing out of the house and screaming at someone, “I’ll get you.”
This is truly a horrific incident to have happen to folks, and it’s possible this was all mental illness, but at the same time, it’s hard to ignore the fact that anti-Semitic attacks against Jews have been on the rise the last few years, no doubt in response to the open hatred of the left toward those who claim this religion and heritage.
Just look at folks like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar for example. They’ve both said things that are anti-Semitic and have actually doubled-down on their stances. It’s disturbing to say the least.