Suspect in Monsey Stabbings Identified, Held on $5M Bail

Ramapo police officers escort Grafton Thomas from Ramapo Town Hall to a police vehicle, Sunday, in Ramapo. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)

Police in Ramapo have identified the suspect in Motzoei Shabbos’ stabbing attack in Monsey, N.Y. as Grafton E. Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake in Orange County. He was arrested after a traffic stop on 144th Street and 7th Avenue in Harlem. According to the police, Thomas covered with blood when arrested.

The suspect was arraigned in Ramapo Town Court on Sunday, and was ordered held on $5 million bail. He faces 5 charges of attempted murder in the machete attacks on Jews attending hadlakas neiros at Rav Chaim Leibush Rottenberg’s house on Forshay Road.

One person is still in critical condition with skull fracture.

Updated Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 10:52 am Arraignment scheduled