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Jury Indicts Man Accused Of Hanukkah Stabbing On Additional Charges

The man accused of stabbing multiple people during a Hanukkah celebration in New York is now facing five additional hate crime charges.
Posted at 9:04 PM, Jan 09, 2020

A federal grand jury indicted the man accused of stabbing five people during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, New York, with additional hate crimes Thursday. 

The suspect was indicted on five counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill and five additional hate crime counts of willfully causing bodily injury because of their religion. He is being held without bail.  

The attack happened inside a rabbi's home last month. Monsey is an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City. Authorities said they found a machete in the suspect's car with blood on it and a knife with dried blood and hair. They also said they found journals with anti-semitic references written inside. Authorities also checked his phone and said he used it to look up information on Hitler and the location of synagogues. 

One of the victims is still in serious condition. 

The suspect has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer said he has a long history of mental illness and recommends he get a psychiatric evaluation.