Lower Hudson Valley Teacher, Father of 4 Stabbed Multiple Times
A father of four young children who works in the lower Hudson Valley as a teacher was violently attacked in what police say was an "attempted murder."
On Wednesday around 5:40 a.m., a man was injured near a synagogue on Howard Drive in Monsey. Arriving first responders thought the man was hit by a car, but before he became unconscious he said two men get out of a vehicle, brutally assaulted him and stabbed him multiple times before fleeing in a car.
“The viciousness of this assault, it was an attempted murder is the way I see it,” Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel said, according to CBS.
The Orthodox Jewish man was reportedly stabbed in what's believed to an unprovoked attack while walking to synagogue. Security camera footage confirms the victim's story, according to the Yeshiva World News.
"I am deeply disturbed by the violent attack of an Orthodox Jewish man who was beaten and repeatedly stabbed while on his way to Synagogue in Monsey," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the Ramapo Police Department and the Rockland County Sheriff's office as they investigate this horrific assault and examine all potential motives, including whether the attack may have been motivated by anti-Semitism. "This is not an isolated incident, all across the state we've seen an alarming rise in anti-Semitic vandalism and hate-fueled attacks. We cannot allow the cancer of hate to metastasize any further. The escalation of hatred and anti-Semitism must end here and now, and I urge all New Yorkers to denounce hate whenever and wherever they see it."
The man is recovering from surgery and remains in critical but stable condition.
The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the people responsible.