An armed suspect claiming to have bombs in unknown locations took a rabbi and three others hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel, a source familiar with the situation told ABC News. All of the hostages have been freed safely.
Mayor Eric Adams says that out of an abundance of caution, the NYPD has deployed additional resources to key Jewish locations around the city on Saturday night.
We are closely monitoring the hostage situation in Colleyville, Texas and we’re praying for a peaceful and safe conclusion.— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) January 16, 2022
Out of an abundance of caution, the NYPD has deployed additional resources to key Jewish locations around the city tonight.
Governor Kathy Hochul says she and her team are 'closely monitoring' the hostage situation.
My team and I are closely following the hostage situation at a Texas synagogue. There is no threat to New Yorkers at this time.— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) January 15, 2022
Our thoughts are with the worshippers, the first responders, and the Jewish community across the country. Everyone deserves to worship without fear.
Suffolk County Police released a statement Saturday night, saying that while there are no credible threaets, they are remaining vigilant.
The statement read,
The Suffolk County Police Department is aware of the ongoing situation at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. While there are currently no credible threats against religious institutions in Suffolk County, the Department remains vigilant with patrols around religious buildings, including synagogues. As always, residents are reminded to call 911 if they see suspicious activity. The SCPD is hopeful the situation in Texas will be brought to a peaceful resolution for all involved.
The Department routinely works with different religious organizations to protect congregants in the event of an emergency situation through its Safety in the Sanctuary program-an all hazards training seminar specifically tailored to meet the unique challenges faced by houses of worship.
The White House is also "closely monitoring" the hostage situation and is referring any questions to the FBI and law enforcement at this time, a White House official confirmed.
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