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Security guard fatally stabbed at library in suburban NY

February 19, 2020 GMT
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Policemen stand in front of the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. A female security guard was fatally stabbed on the third floor of the library Tuesday afternoon in a chaotic scene that ended when patrons gang-tackled the suspect until police could take him into custody, the Journal News reported. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Policemen stand in front of the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. A female security guard was fatally stabbed on the third floor of the library Tuesday afternoon in a chaotic scene that ended when patrons gang-tackled the suspect until police could take him into custody, the Journal News reported. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A female security guard was stabbed to death at a library in suburban New York Tuesday afternoon and a man was taken into custody after library patrons tackled him.

“A security guard, keeping others safe was viciously stabbed at the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, and she later died of her injuries,” state Sen. David Carlucci said in a statement.

Police were called to the library shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Paramedics aided the victim but she was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Neither her identity nor that of the suspect have been released.

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Eyewitness Luis Velasquez told the Rockland Journal News he was working on his computer in the library when he heard screaming and saw someone stabbing another person. When the attacker ran away, someone threw a chair at him and several people restrained him, Velasquez said.

“I am extremely upset over this act of violence that incited more fear and chaos in our close-knit community,” Carlucci said. Five people were injured in a machete attack in December at a Hanukkah party in the nearby Hasidic Jewish village of Monsey.

“Since the Monsey stabbing, I have secured state funding for the town of Ramapo so it will be outfitted with security cameras and license plate readers,” Carlucci said.

There was no evidence Tuesday’s stabbing was related.