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NYPD: Hannukah Machete Attack Suspect Captured In Harlem

Thomas Grafton
Thomas Grafton Photo Credit: COURTESY: CBS2 NY

The NYPD identified the man accused of attacking five people with a machete during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi's home in Rockland County late Saturday night as a Greenwood Lake resident.

City police said they arrested Thomas Grafton, 37, after identifying the license plate on his Nissan Sentra as it crossed the George Washington Bridge around 11:45 p.m. Saturday.

Officers David Radziwon and Giovanni Mattera stopped and arrested the Orange County resident on 144th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (7th Avenue) in Harlem a short time later and held him for Ramapo police.

Grafton was being charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, the NYPD.

His arrest ended a cross-county search that lasted nearly two hours after five people were injured during the attack at a rabbi's home in Monsey.

SEE: Five Stabbed During Hanukkah Celebration In Monsey

"Outstanding work by Officers Radziwon & Mattera," New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea tweeted.

NYPD

"Last night, a keen eye & quick response by @NYPD32Pct cops led to the apprehension of a suspect wanted in connection with the horrific attack at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey," New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea tweeted. "Outstanding work by Officers Radziwon & Mattera."

The call came in around 9:50 p.m. from 47 Forshay Road in Monsey. Five people were transported to hospitals with stab wounds. One was reported in critical condition.

Rockland Report

COURTESY: Rockland Report

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