UPDATE (2/3):

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office has released new charges for Rajab Banahi, three counts of murder in the first degree and aggravated criminal contempt.

These new charges come after the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office announced the third victim in the January stabbing succumbed to her injuries at Strong Memorial Hospital.

ORIGINAL STORY (1/11):

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two people are dead and a third is in critical condition after a stabbing on Kathy Drive in Henrietta, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the area shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from a man who told dispatchers he stabbed his family members.

After arriving on the scene, deputies identified the man who made the 911 call as 39-year-old Henrietta resident Rajab A. Banahi.

Deputies say they quickly convinced Rajab to exit the residence and detained him before checking the house, where they found the two victims, later revealed by court documents to be Rajab’s parents — father Ali M. Banahi and mother Mastorra Banahi.

Court documents claim Rajab caused the death of Ali and Mastorra by blunt force trauma and by stabbing each of them multiple times with a kitchen knife.

Court documents also reveal that a surviving victim, Masuda Banahi, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for emergency surgery after Rajab caused blunt force trauma to her head and face, as well as stabbing her multiple times with a kitchen knife. The documents also say Masuda was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital where she underwent surgery and remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Police say she remains in critical condition.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office has charged Rajab with two counts of murder in the first degree, and attempted murder in the second degree. Rajab was arraigned in Henrietta Town Court and was later remanded to the Monroe County Jail on no bail.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office has confirmed that an order of protection was issued for Rajab to have no contact with Ali. They also say Rajab was charged with attempted robbery in the second degree and assault in the second degree in June 2021 for an incident at Kathy Drive.

Due to no victim cooperation, according to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, he pled guilty to assault in the third degree with years of probation, anger management courses, a mental health evaluation, and drug and alcohol treatment if deemed necessary.

Later that year, on December 15, 2021, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, Rajab was charged with assault in the second degree against an employee at 601 Elmwood Ave. He was sentenced to a year in Monroe County jail.

“It appears to be at this point an isolated, very significantly severe domestic incident all contained in one household here,” said MCSO Chief Dep. Michael Fowler.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that Banahi would face at least one felony charge.

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