Police Say Rockland Stabbing Attack Does not Appear to Be Hate Crime

By Hamodia Staff

The suspect who stabbed an Orthodox Jewish man in Rockland County last week appears not to have been motivated by antisemitism, police said Monday.

Police arrested Elijah Dean, 23, on Saturday for the alleged stabbing incident, in which the victim was stabbed multiple times outside his home on Trailside Place.

The victim remains in serious but stable condition in Westchester Medical Center, Detective Lt. Chris Franklin said, according to Lohud News.

“There has been no established motive for the stabbing, and it appears to be random,” Franklin said. “There are no grounds at this time to charge the incident as a hate crime.

Dean was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and is currently held on $1 million cash bail. His preliminary hearing is on Thursday.

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