Police: Stabbing at Chabad Not Terror-Related

Man who attacked 22-year-old Levi Rosenblat outside the Chabad center in Brooklyn reportedly had history of mental illness.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Police vehicle outside Chabad-Lubavitch center in New York
Police vehicle outside Chabad-Lubavitch center in New York

Police in New York do not believe that Tuesday’s stabbing outside the Chabad-Lubavitch building in Brooklyn was terror-related, The Associated Press (AP) reports.

The attack occurred around 1:40 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday morning, when the stabber, identified as 49-year-old Calvin Peters, attacked on 22-year-old Levi Rosenblat, wounding him in the side of the head.

Peters could be seen on amateur video waving the knife inside the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights after the stabbing. He was subsequently shot dead by police forces who arrived on the scene.

The stabbing shook the Jewish community, still reeling over an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue last month that left four worshippers and an officer dead.

"The entire Jewish community is impacted by these cruel and senseless attacks," said New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, according to AP. "How can we help but be reminded of the recent, horrible tragedy ... which left five innocent people dead?"

Police were still interviewing witnesses but quoted Peters as saying instead, "I'm going to kill all of you." The case was not immediately classified as a possible bias crime.

Peters had wandered into the building earlier Monday and was ushered out, then returned after midnight and asked, "Do you have any books in English?" before he was escorted out again, police said.

Chabad-Lubavitch officials said security at the building was tightened after the stabbing. They would not say what measures were in place at the time of the attack.

Peters had a documented history of mental illness and had been arrested 19 times since 1982, most recently in 2006 for drugs, police said.

Attorney Jeffrey A. St. Clair, appearing at the Peters family's front door in Valley Stream, on Long Island, described him as bipolar. St. Clair said the family had no warning of an outburst.

"Calvin Peters was a loving and devoted father," he said. "And the family is quite frankly shocked and disappointed at what happened."