A man has been charged with attempted murder after a rabbi was stabbed in north-west London.
Witnesses pinned a suspect to the ground after Rabbi Alter Yaakov Schlesinger, in his 50s, was stabbed in the head in broad daylight.
Police said Stanley Francis, 44, of Stoke Newington, has also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and will appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Rabbi Alter Yaacov Schlesinger, aged in his 50s, was taken to a major trauma centre after the attack in broad daylight near a bank in Stoke Newington on Friday. Police said his condition was not life-threatening.
His attacker was subdued by members of the public until police arrived.
One of them, construction manager Lazar Friedlander, said he rushed to the scene with his brother after hearing a “serious cry.”
He told the PA news agency: “We ran outside, I saw a Jewish man covered in blood.
“There was a couple of other people trying to catch it. My brother and I managed to knock him down and put his hands behind his back until the police arrived.
The rabbi reportedly stood in line outside a Branch of Natwest Bank when he was attacked.
He was taken to hospital after receiving emergency treatment at the scene.
Scotland Yard is investigating whether it is a hate crime.
Jacob Tscher paid tribute to Yaakov today, calling him a “respected leader” in the Jewish community of Stamford Hill.
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The 62-year-old told Sun Online: “The hospital left a voicemail on Yakov’s family phone at 11am saying he is in a stable condition.
“They said the blade went within a millimetre of his lung. He has head, back and neck injuries, but he will be fine.
“She’s an icon in the community that everyone knows.”