Police say Thomas faces five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary.
Multiple people were stabbed at a Rabbi's house in NY, according to authorities, but there were no reports of casualties. Rockland County has the largest Jewish population per capita of any county in the United States, according to New York State. More than 30% of its residents are Jewish.
Monsey is about an hour north of New York City.
Previous year a white supremacist walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 people, the deadliest attack ever committed against the Jewish community in the United States. "We send wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured", he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder. Several state and local officials had described the location of the stabbings as a synagogue.
What happened in the Monsey stabbing?
There were at least 100 people in the home at the time, as the rabbi was "lighting the candle" on the seventh night of Hanukkah, Kohn said.
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"This is an intolerant time in our country", he told journalists gathered outside the rabbi's home. The attacker fled and police are reported to be searching the area. Officials later confirmed that the vehicle had been located in Harlem and that a man was taken into custody.
Thomas Grafton was driving a Nissan Sentra across the George Washington Bridge into New York City when his car's tag was captured by a license plate reader about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.
"Israel strongly condemns the latest expressions of anti-Semitism and the cruel attack in the middle of Hanukkah at the home of the rabbi in Monsey", he said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
In response to the recent surge in hate-crimes in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio had announced on Friday that the NYPD was stepping up patrols in three neighborhoods and increasing the number of visits to places of worship.
What do we know about the suspect? He is now being held at the Rockland County Jail.
Ramapo police, who service Monsey, declined to comment. Grafton E. Thomas had blood all over his clothing and smelled of bleach when officers stopped him, prosecutors said.
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He pleaded not guilty.
Witnesses said the man had a machete and stabbed five people before one of the attendees chased him out of the home by throwing a coat rack, table and chair.
The five stabbing victims were transported to two hospitals in the area but their conditions are still unknown.
After nearly an entire day of silence, US President Donald Trump commented Sunday on the stabbing spree at a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, the night before that left five injured, calling it "horrific" and wishing the victims a full recovery.
Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that he was "horrified" by the "despicable and cowardly act", and had directed the State Police hate crimes task force to investigate.
During a press conference Sunday morning, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called the attack an "act of domestic terrorism".
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On Saturday night and Sunday, numerous politicians and pundits took to social media to decry both the attack in Monsey and anti-Semitism. Today I can say I failed my father. "We didn't have time to react at all". He noted that other incidents have affected the LGBTQ, black and Hispanic communities.