Rabbi Shlomo Noginski was stabbed multiple times in the Brighton Common park at Chestnut and Washington streets, near the Shaloh House school.
A suspect, later identified as Khaled Awad, 24, of Brighton, was arrested a short time later on Chestnut Hill Avenue, authorities said.
His age is unclear.
The suspect approached the rabbi while he was on the phone and sitting on the school steps, Rodkin told WCVB-TV.
The suspect asked for the rabbi’s car keys and Noginski ran across the street into a park where he was stabbed, Rodkin said.
As soon as the school learned of the knife stab, the facility was locked and no children were ever at risk, Rodkin said in the Facebook post.
Noginski is an Israeli national who came to the Boston area as an envoy to spread the Chabad message, New England consul general Meron Reuben told the Boston Herald.
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Boston Police were called to Shaloh House on Chestnut Hill Avenue around 1 p.m. after Noginski was attacked by a man outside. Noginski was rushed to Boston Medical Center with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries. He was released overnight.
Police arrested 24-year-old Khaled Awad in connection to the stabbing. WBZ-TV I-Team sources said he was armed with a gun and a knife.
“The attacker came to him and pointed a gun at him, and said, ‘Open your car.’ [Rabbi Noginski] gave him the key and said, ‘Here’s the key’. And he said ‘No, you open the car.’” said Dan Rodkin, Executive Director of the Shaloh House.
Police said they are still investigating the motive behind the attack.
Security will be increased at Shaloh House throughout the remainder of the summer, Rodkin added.
“A Jewish saying says, ‘A little bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness. Good has much more powerful than evil,’“ Rodkin said.
Boston police said Thursday night that Khaled Awad, 24 of Brighton, was arrested on charges of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer. He was due to be arraigned in Brighton District Court.
The Boston Police Department is currently investigating to determine whether or not the incident is a hate crime, Janey said Friday.
“We will not allow fear to divide us. Instead, we will stand united in our faith, our faith as the community,” Janey said. “Our faith as a people who believe in the ideals of this country. This is the Fourth of July weekend. The weekend that we celebrate independence in America, the weekend that we celebrate freedom. We all deserve the opportunity to live freely, and certainly, that is true of our Jewish brothers and sisters.”