Monsey Suspect Charged With Additional Hate Crimes

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Grafton Thomas, 37, has been charged with stabbing five people at Rabbi Rottenberg’s Shul in Monsey, N.Y., at a Hanukkah candle-lighting party on Dec. 28, 2019 (Source: Screenshot)

MONSEY (JNS) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday that five additional federal hate-crime charges have been filed against the suspect behind the machete attack on Dec. 28 at a home and prayer hall known as Rabbi Rottenberg’s Shul in Monsey, N.Y., injuring five of the around 100 celebrants at a Hanukkah candle-lighting party.

The new charges against Grafton Thomas, 37, include willfully causing bodily injury to five victims because of the victims’ religion and five counts of obstructing the free exercise of religion in an attempt to kill.

“Since before our founding as a nation and ever since, this country has provided refuge for people from other parts of the world who suffered violence and other forms of persecution because of their right to believe and worship as they see fit,” said U.S. Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division.

“The United States remains today a beacon of freedom for persecuted religious people all over the world, and violent attacks against anyone because of religion is both illegal and against everything our nation stands for,” he continued. “The United States Department of Justice will continue to prosecute anyone who engages in such conduct to the fullest extent of the law.”

If convicted, Thomas could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Two days after the attack, Thomas was charged with five counts of obstructing the free exercise of religion in an attempt to kill, a federal hate crime. If convicted on these charges, Thomas could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Separately, Thomas was indicted by a grand jury in Rockland County, N.Y., on six attempted murder charges, as the number of victims in the hate crime increased to six. He was also charged three counts of assault in the first degree, three counts of attempted assault in the first degree and two counts of burglary in the first degree. If convicted, Thomas could face up to 25 years in prison.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. This article should be published in ALL news publications across the entire country. Is there anyone out there reading this that can figure out how to get that done immediately??? All people MUST know what will happen to them if this behavior continues!!! NEVER AGAIN……..right???

  2. I hope that after this low life piece of garbage is convicted, that his life sentence will be spent at the Supermax prison in Colorado, where he will never see the light of day. He will join other terrorists in that place, including the Shoe Bomber.

  3. Just watch. They are going to plead insanity. Unused medicine? Maybe he just pretended to be incompetent just so he doesn’t have to work and collect money from the government. At any rate, he should never see the light of day.

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