Incident Summary:

11/20/2019: Assailants stabbed and beat an Orthodox Jewish man outside the Toshnad Heichel Torah Utfila Synagogue in Spring Valley, New York, United States. One person was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources identified the assailant as Grafton E. Thomas.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

Spring Valley

Location Details:
The incident occurred at 2 Howard Drive.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Orthodox Jewish Civilian
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Unknown Weapon Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Semitic extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Jewish Man Stabbed Multiple Times Near New York Synagogue, Suspect at Large," Haaretz, November 20, 2019.
"Man stabbed while walking to Jewish school in Rockland County," Daily Freeman, November 20, 2019.