Americans were told that the suspect who was arrested for taking a machete into a private home in New York and stabbing unsuspecting Jewish people engaged in their Hanukkah celebration was ‘mentally ill,’ and had no history of ‘hatred’ towards other races. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The suspect has been charged with federal hate crimes and jailed on five counts of attempted murder. His bail was set at $5 million, but federal investigators recently announced that the 37-year-old African American man (who remain unnamed by this outlet) allegedly wrote journal entries that fixated on Hitler and referenced “Nazi culture.”
[Investigators] said another journal entry allegedly stated that “Hebrew Israelites” had victimized “ebonoid Israelites,” which the FBI took to mean African-Americans claiming descent from the ancient tribes of Israel.
In the Saturday attack, police said a suspect armed with a machete entered the home Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, N.Y., a town of about 18,000 residents and began stabbing the party-goers.
Around midnight, Thomas was located in a gray Nissan 30 miles south in New York’s Harlem after a traffic stop and taken into custody by the New York Police Department. Authorities say they found an 18-inch Ozark Trail machete in the car.
The hate crime charges came after members of Thomas’ family said Sunday that he suffers from mental illness but was not known to harbor hateful views.
“We believe the actions of which he is accused, if committed by him, tragically reflect profound mental illness for which … Grafton has received episodic treatment before being released,” according to his family’s statement released by their attorney.
“He has no known history of anti-Semitism and was raised in a home which embraced and respected all religions and races,” the statement continued. “He is not a member of any hate groups.”
Rockland County, N.Y., public defender Kristine Ciganek said Thomas had no criminal history and lived with his mother.
Police are also investigating Thomas in connection with another stabbing in the same town last month.
Citing police sources, the New York Post reported authorities are looking at his possible involvement in a Nov. 20 attack in which a 30-year-old Jewish man was beaten and repeatedly stabbed while on his way to a village synagogue in Monsey.
In that attack, the victim was so badly beaten that authorities initially believed he had been hit by a car.
The Nov. 20 incident and Saturday’s rampage are part of an upsurge in anti-Semitic hate crimes being reported in the New York City area. There was at least one incident reported every day last week leading up to the Monsey stabbings.
Although the democratic governor of New York and Mayor of NYC somehow blame President Donald Trump and invoke “white supremacy” in the vicious evil, this man was NOT white, he was an admirer of the one of the most despicable murderers the world has ever known.
The President condemned the attack as “horrific.” He urged Americans to “come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism.”
“Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery,” he added in a tweet.
The anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, New York, on the 7th night of Hanukkah last night is horrific. We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism. Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2019