Calvin Peters: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Cops Shoot Stabbing Suspect Inside Prominent Synagogue | New York PostPolice shot and killed a disturbed man after he walked into a prominent Brooklyn synagogue and stabbed someone there, sources said. #cops #stabbing #synagogue #police #news #newyorkpost #nypost #shooting From 'Cops fatally shoot synagogue attacker' – https://nypost.com/2014/12/09/cops-shoot-stabbing-suspect-inside-synagogue/ Stabbing victim Levi Rosenblat was in stable condition at Kings County Hospital. The bloodshed at the world headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights happened shortly after 1 a.m., sources said. A Chabad spokesman said witnesses reported that the man said “Kill the Jews,” but police said the man might have shouted, “I will kill all of you.” One witness told The Post that the man did not talk about killing Jews. Calvin Peters, 49, walked into the basement of the synagogue, where people were praying, law enforcement sources said. “According to witnesses, he was heard saying repeatedly, ‘Kill the Jews!’” Chabad Rabbi Motti Seligson said. Seligson said the victim was Levi Rosenblat, a young rabbinical student from Israel. The 22-year-old was in stable condition at Bellevue, law enforcement sources said. Peters had 19 prior arrests dating to 1982 for a wide variety of crimes in New York City, Nassau County and Delaware, according to law enforcement records. The offenses included jumping a turnstile, larceny, possession of a controlled substance, using a credit card that wasn’t his, contempt of court and burglary. Peters had a listed address in Valley Stream, LI, and a man who answered the phone there said the attacker’s family was in mourning. Later on Tuesday afternoon at that Valley Stream home, a man who identified himself only as Peters’ brother-in-law briefly spoke to reporters. John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said police believe this attack was an “isolated incident.” Peters was last seen by loved ones at 11 a.m. Monday, leaving his Long Island home for a dental appointment that he never made, law enforcement sources said. Peters, a former Brooklyn resident, was spotted in that borough Monday afternoon by a friend, sources said. Then at about 5:15 p.m. Monday, Peters first visited the synagogue and appeared to be “highly suspicious,” according to security guard Shimon Liberow. At one point, Peters said he wanted to convert to Judaism, but the guard and nearby worshipers didn’t buy it. Peters then got into a silver Nissan Rogue and drove a short distance away. Police found the SUV hours after the attack and towed it away. He returned at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday and asked if they had any books in English. He was told no and then “escorted out,” law enforcement sources said. Peters’ final return came at 1:36 a.m., when he entered the building, walked up to Rosenblat and said, “I’m going to kill you,” sources said. The 49-year-old suspect asked for a Bible before stabbing an Israeli student in the side of the head. He stabbed Rosenblat in the left temple and inflicted lesser wounds to the left side of his face, sources said. Witness Israel Gottdenger, 26, told The Post that Peters nonchalantly strolled into the synagogue without giving any hint about the mayhem that was to follow. Rosenblat was so immersed in reading religious text, he never saw the attack coming. Another witness flagged down cops who were passing the headquarters. Officers then confronted the man in an encounter that was captured on a dramatic video. As Peters brandishes the knife, the first officer to respond — Timothy Donohue — pulls his weapon, prompting onlookers at the synagogue to say, “Hey officer, don’t do it” and implore Peters to drop the knife. After several demands from the officer, Peters then puts the 9-inch knife down on a table and puts his hands up, prompting Donohue to holster his gun. It appeared as if the encounter had been defused. But Peters suddenly grabs the knife again, prompting the officer to shout, “Stay the f–k away from the knife now.” “At that point, the male subject picked up the knife and advanced the officer,” NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill said. Other officers then appear in the video as Peters storms around, brandishing the knife. Then, moments later, a single shot is heard, after the camera turns away from the chaotic incident. Peter was within 10 feet of officers when he lunged at them and Officer Roberto Pagan shot the maniac, law enforcement sources said. Another video shows officers standing over the man as he was handcuffed. Tuesday’s attack might have exposed a shortcoming in the city’s mental health system, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. 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Calvin Peters is the man who was shot dead by police after stabbing a 22-year-old Israeli citizen in the neck in an attack at a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

He was heard shouting “I will kill the Jews” during the rampage, according to a witness on the scene. You can watch the shooting in the video above.

Here’s what you should know about him and the incident that took his life.


1. He Went to the Synagogue Twice Before Returning to Stab a Student in the Neck

Levi Rosenblatt, Calvin Peters

Levi Rosenblatt. (Handout)

Peters, 49, reportedly had a dental appointment Monday morning that he never arrived to, and was next seen at the synagogue in question, the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 5 p.m. when he inquired as to whether he could “become Jewish.

He was escorted out, and then returned around midnight asking about books in English. Again asked to leave, he returned 90 minutes later with a 9-inch knife and stabbed 22-year-old yeshiva student Levi Rosenblatt in the head. Rosenblatt survived and is in stable condition after surgery.


2. He Was a ‘Loving Father’ With a Long Rap Sheet Who Struggled With Bipolar Disorder

A New York City police car on guard at a school near the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn December 9, 2014 in New York. (Getty)

A New York City police car on guard at a school near the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn on December 9. (Getty)

Newsday reported that Peters’ brother-in-law was “a loving father to two kids,” despite his reported struggle with bipolar disorder.

A neighbor of Peters’ in Valley Stream, Long Island, said that Peters was a stay-at-home dad to “a model family.

Peters had a criminal record of 19 arrests dating back to 1982, many of them drug-related.

John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said Peters “has a history of being an emotionally disturbed person and acting out in other places.”


3. He Is Not Thought to Have Links to Terrorism

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Police officers watch the passengers at the subway entrance of the Grand Central subway terminal in New York on September 9, 2011. (Getty)

Despite his anti-Semitic comments while carrying out the attack, authorities said after the shooting that it did not appear that the attack was linked to terror.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, “We are very very confident that it’s not a terrorist-related act, at this stage.”

Nevertheless, the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit continues to investigate and the NYPD have increased security at Jewish institutions across the city as a precaution.


4. Some at the Scene Urged Police Not to Shoot Him

A man passes the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn December 9, 2014 in New York. (Getty)

A man passes the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn December 9 in New York. (Getty)

Even after Rosenblatt had been stabbed, some of his fellow students and others at the synagogue can be heard urging the police not to shoot.

It appears that his unstable mental state was obvious to those at the scene, and some can be seen and heard on the video pleading with Peters to drop the knife.

Peters did briefly let go of the knife, but Officer Pagano of the NYPD shot him when he picked up the knife again and lunged at him.


5. The Police Commissioner Said the Shooting Appeared Justified

Bill deBlasio, Bill Bratton, mayor, NYPD

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks at a news conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Getty)

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that the shooting of Peters by Officer Pagano seemed to be justified from what was seen on the video.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Bratton said that the shooting was unfortunate but may have been “unavoidable“, based on Peters’ movements with the knife.