REPORTS: Hanukkah Stabbing Suspect Indicted by Rockland Grand Jury; ICE Takes Alleged Hit-and-Run Suspect into Custody

A Rockland grand jury today reportedly indicted the 37-year-old Greenwood Lake man on multiple charges of attempted murder in the Hanukkah incident on Forshay Road in Monsey. LoHud.com says Grafton Thomas pleaded not guilty faces six counts of attempted murder, three counts first-degree assault, three counts of first-degree attempted assault and two counts of burglary in the first degree. He also faces federal Hate Crime charges.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said, “I stand with Rockland’s Jewish community and all of the good people of this County in condemning this attack and offer my thoughts and prayers to the victims still recovering physically and mentally from this assault that took place during Hanukkah. Violence of any kind will not be tolerated here in Rockland and I will continue to work together with our law enforcement agencies, Towns, Villages, New York State and the private sector to ensure the safety of our residents. I look forward to seeing justice served in the coming year and ask that all work towards increasing understanding and promoting tolerance in 2020 and beyond.”

In other news, LoHud.com says ICE has taken 27 year-old Jorge Flores-Villalba of Haverstraw into custody. He was accused in the hit-and-run death of 35-year-old pedestrian Marie Rose Osai, who was killed crossing the intersection of Route 9W and Filors Lane around 8:45 Christmas Eve. He was reportedly in the country illegally, didn’t have a driver’s license, and was released without bail thanks to the new criminal justice reform laws that took effect Wednesday. He had been scheduled to return to Stony Point Court January 9th.

Stony Point and Orange County Assemblyman Colin Schmitt said, “I commend U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on today’s news that they have detained criminal illegal alien, Jorge Flores-Villalbla. Flores-Villalbla was released without bail under New York State’s dangerous new criminal justice changes after confessing to the killing of Rosie Osai, young mother of three on Christmas Eve in Stony Point, NY. Flores-Villalbla’s outrageous release without bail under these new changes endangered the entire community and showed how egregious these changes are. It has now been confirmed that Flores-Villalbla was previously deported from the United States. Thanks to federal intervention, Rosie’s family will receive the justice they deserve, the justice that was denied by New York State. We must immediately repeal these criminal justice changes to ensure the safety of all residents of New York.”

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