Police: Detectives search for lead in brutal Monsey attack

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Ramapo police are searching to identify a suspect in an attack on a Hasidic man Wednesday morning.

A 29-year-old yeshiva teacher was brutally beaten and stabbed while walking to a Monsey synagogue on Howard Drive.

The father of four is currently at Westchester Medical Center where he is expected to undergo surgery, according to authorities.

Police say they have not been successful in speaking with the victim and have no motive on who may have committed the crime.

Without a motive, police convey they’re unable to classify the incident as a hate crime. They hope surveillance video will lead them to whoever perpetrated the attack.

“It was early in the morning so there's not many vehicles driving around in a quiet neighborhood. So if we see some vehicles driving around within the time frame of the crime, that's a good lead for us. Once we have that, that's where the real work begins, because not all the video is the high quality as what you might see on TV,” says Brad Weidel, chief of Ramapo Police Department.

Sen. David Carlucci issued a statement saying in part, "This act of violence is horrific and not reflective of our peaceful community. Violence or hate of any kind is never tolerated. I pray for the victim's recovery and expect police will find the suspects and bring them to justice."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the state police Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate. He released a statement reading in part, "This is not an isolated incident, all across the state we've seen an alarming rise in anti-Semitic vandalism and hate-fueled attacks. We cannot allow the cancer of hate to metastasize any further. "

News 12’s Sarah Toland spoke with police, who say they're looking into video enhancement and plan to use license plate-reading technology to help identify cars and potential leads.

The Anti-Defamation League is now offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the attack.

 
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