Updated: 5 people stabbed during New York Hanukkah celebration; suspect in custody

5 stabbed at New York Hanukkah Celebration

(Courtesy: Seth Harrison/The Journal News via AP)

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) – Police Chief Brad Weidel says the suspect in the Hanukkah stabbings north of New York City is in custody and faces five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary.

A man stabbed and wounded five people as they gathered at a rabbi’s home to celebrate Hanukkah Saturday. Police identified him as Grafton E. Thomas, of Greenwood Lake, New York.

The governor said Sunday that the attack the night before was fueled by intolerance and evidence of a “cancer” in American politics.

The stabbings come on the heels of a string of attacks targeting Jews in the region.

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