NEW YORK – An attacker stabbed five people Saturday evening at the home of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, New York.
The suspect fled the scene, but New York City Police Department arrested him after locating his vehicle in the 32nd precinct, confirmed Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel.
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Weidel also said the five victims were taken to hospital for treatment. The extent of the injuries and the motive of the stabbing remain unclear.
– Monsey stabbing
EMS service #Hatzolah appears to be treating patients on the scene of a possible mass stabbing in Monsey, NY. Source for the video cannot be confirmed at this time. Check @haaretzcom for updates soon. pic.twitter.com/ScAfcR40U1
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One victim is reportedly in critical condition, said Evan Bernstein, the Anti-Defamation's New York/New Jersey regional director.
A witness at the scene, Yossi Gestetner, told ABC News that the incident occurred during a Hanukkah celebration at the house of Rabbi Chaim Leib Rottenberg, next door to his Congregation Netzach Yisroel.
Videos from the area showed the Jewish emergency service Hatzolah treating victims at the scene.