Thomas Grafton, a 37 year old black man, has plead not guilty to engaging in a brutal anti-semitic stabbing spree in New York which targeted Orthodox Jews.
As The Daily Mail reports:
A man accused of stabbing five people in a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration in a predominantly Jewish town in upstate New York on Saturday night has pleaded not guilty.
Grafton E Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, was arraigned on five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary in Ramapo Town Court late Sunday morning. His bail was set at $5million.
Prosecutors say Thomas stormed into the home of Rabbi Chaim Leibush Rottenberg in Monsey at around 10pm and began wildly swinging a machete at dozens of worshippers gathered for a candle-lighting ceremony on the seventh night of Hanukkah.
He stabbed multiple people as onlookers threw a coat rack, table and chair in his path and chased him out of the home, witness Josef Gluck told DailyMail.com.
The suspect remained silent as he left the court room where he was given a 5 million dollar bail, he will return to court on January 3rd.