New evidence links Monsey stabbing suspect to previous attackPosted: Updated:
New evidence now links the Monsey stabbing suspect to an attack on a Hasidic man last month.
Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht says evidence found inside Grafton Thomas' car could link him to that earlier stabbing in November.
Specht tells News 12 that a 30-year old father of four was brutally beaten and stabbed while walking to morning prayers less than three miles away from where Saturday's attack took place in Monsey. “Certainly, there was evidence that we recovered from the suspect's car to see if there is a connection with the attack in November. Without any evidence, we can't say that there was. On the other hand, the circumstances show there a reason to look at that in a very serious way.”
Ramapo police have yet to declare November's stabbing a hate crime, partly because they didn't have a suspect to help them understand a motive.
Meanwhile, military officials say Grafton Thomas was removed from the Marines due to a “fraudulent enlistment.” The Marine Corps declined to provide details on Thomas' separation but confirmed he was removed in late 2002 about a month after he began boot camp.
Thomas faces federal hate crime charges after prosecutors said he used a machete to wound five people inside a rabbi's home in Monsey.