Police: 5 people stabbed in Monsey; suspect in custody

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Ramapo police say multiple people were stabbed in Monsey Saturday night and a suspect has been taken into custody.
 
It happened on Forshay Road. Police say five people were stabbed. A source tells News 12 that one person was in critical condition.
 
The source tells News 12 that investigators took a suspect into custody in New York City's 32nd Precinct after executing a search warrant in Greenwood Lake. Police confirmed that a suspect was in custody, but further details were not immediately available.
 

State Sen. David Carlucci said the stabbings happened at a rabbi's home.

"I stand with the Jewish community in this time of grief and pray for those injured and their families," he said in a statement.

The stabbings happened on the seventh night of Hanukkah in a community that is home to a large Hasidic Jewish population. The violence comes amid a string of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City, where police have said they're stepping up patrols -- and just weeks after a deadly shooting at a kosher market in New Jersey.

While the Monsey motive remains unclear at this time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is directing the state's Hate Crime Task Force to investigate the incident. 
 
"I am horrified by the stabbing of multiple people at a synagogue in Rockland County tonight — the latest in a string of attacks against members of the Jewish community in New York this week," the governor said in a statement. "On behalf of the family of New York, my heart goes out to the victims and I am praying for their full recovery."
 
In a statement, Rockland Executive Ed Day said violence of any kind will not be tolerated in the county.
 
"I stand with the people of this county in condemning this attack and ask all to offer their thoughts, hopes and prayers for a speedy recovery for the victims of this heinous crime," Day said. "As a former police commander, people need to know that law enforcement in Rockland will leave no stone unturned as they bring those guilty of this crime to swift and severe justice."
 
New York Attorney General Letitia James also condemned the violence on Twitter, and the NYPD's Counterterrorism force tweeted to say that it was monitoring the situation.
 
This is a breaking news story. Stay with News 12 for the latest information as it becomes available.
 
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