A video of the man accused of stabbing five people during a Hanukkah celebration in New York has emerged, showing the suspect walking through the aisles of a convenience store following the incident.
The surveillance video shows Grafton E. Thomas, 37, entering a bodega in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, leaving for his vehicle and getting apprehended by police.
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Thomas is accused of storming into a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York during holiday celebrations Saturday night. He stabbed those inside with a large knife described by some as a mechete. Five people were wounded in the attack; one of them remains in critical condition.
Thomas fled the scene, but New York City Police Department arrested him after locating his vehicle, according to Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel. He faces five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, Weidel said.
Thomas had blood all over his clothing and smelled of bleach, according to prosecutors. He was arraigned Sunday morning and pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $5 million.
Earlier Monday, Grafton's family said the attack was not motivated by racial hate. “Grafton Thomas has a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations. He has no history of like violent acts and no convictions for any crime,” his family said late Sunday in a statement issued by attorney Michael Sussman.
“He has no known history of anti-Semitism and was raised in a home which embraced and respected all religions and races. He is not a member of any hate groups,” the statement added.
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