NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The lawyer for the suspect in the stabbing during a Chanukah celebration in Monsey has requested a federal competency evaluation.

Attorney Michael Sussman says a psychiatrist concluded that Grafton Thomas is not competent to stand trial.

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Now the U.S. Attorney’s office has two weeks to respond.

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Thomas has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges in the Dec. 28th stabbing that left five people injured at a rabbi’s home.

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The 37-year-old also faces federal hate crime charges.