Suspect in Monsey Hanukkah Stabbing May be Connected to Earlier Ramapo Incident; Case to be Presented to Rockland Grand Jury

Ramapo Police are looking at Saturday’s stabbing suspect as possibly being involved with another recent stabbing in the area last November. Ramapo’s Police chief said at a news conference yesterday that a car belonging to the suspect’s mother may have also been used in that incident, and police spoke to her and her son about it then, but there wasn’t enough evidence to connect anything to him at the time. Chief Brad Weidel said once the NYPD caught him just hours after the Hanukkah stabbing on Forshay Road, a door opened up for the earlier case…

Weidel says the car is being examined by his officers and the FBI, but nothing yet has been found to connect 37 year-old Grafton Thomas to the earlier incident. Rockland’s new district attorney Tom Walsh said the Hanukkah case is being presented to a grand jury this morning…

Victim Josef Neumann reportedly remains hospitalized in a coma in critical condition. 37 year-old Grafton Thomas of Greenwood Lake faces five federal hate crime charges and each count carries a potential life sentence. Locally he faces five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary. His attorney and family have claimed Thomas suffers from mental illness, has never been convicted of a crime and doesn’t belong to any hate groups.

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