Rabbi Stabbed Multiple Times In Boston; Suspect Arrested

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A rabbi at the Chabad house in Brighton, Massachusetts, was stabbed multiple times during an attack Thursday afternoon.

The victim, Rabbi Shlomo Noginsky, heads a Jewish day school.

The knife attack happened right outside of the Hasidic center, according to NBC. Rabbi Noginsky was reportedly seated on the steps of Shaloh House, a synagogue and Jewish day school in the Greater Boston Area, when an attacker threatened the rabbi with a gun. As Noginsky struggled to escape he was stabbed multiple times, according to NBC. 

The suspect, Khaled Awad, 24, has since been detained, police said. Awad is expected to be arraigned on two different charges. One is assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon; the other is assault and battery on a police officer. 

Police said they allegedly found a knife along with a firearm on the suspect at the time of his arrest. The details of a possible motive remained unclear.

When the stabbing unfolded, children at the summer day camp were still inside the day school building, according to The Forward.

Rabbi Noginsky is reportedly in stable condition.

A father and Jewish educator, Noginsky came to the U.S. from Israel with the goal of serving the Russian-speaking Jewish community.

Anti-Semitic attacks have been skyrocketing in number this year, especially against visibly Jewish Americans. (RELATED: Jews Attacked In Broad Daylight In Times Square As Anti-Semitic Attacks Spike Nationwide)

Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated with new information from Boston Police.