The suspect in Saturday night’s knife attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York has been arrested.
According to CNN, a law enforcement source said Grafton Thomas was arrested shortly after midnight in Harlem with “blood all over him.”
Thomas was charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary. USA Today reports that he pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $5 million.
Thomas allegedly used a machete to attack Hasidic Jews gathered at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, who was holding a Hanukkah celebration. Five people were injured in the attack, two of them critically.
Police declined to disclose any significant information regarding the suspect but did announce that he had covered his face with a scarf during the attack.
The attack comes after at least seven other anti-Semitic incidents were reported in New York City this week, prompting the New York City Police Department to increase the number of officers in predominantly Jewish areas. The stabbings also come less than a month after four people were killed in a “targeted” shooting at a Jersey City kosher supermarket that investigators believe was fueled by a “hatred of the Jewish people.”