An Asian man is in critical but stable condition after getting stabbed by a butcher knife in New York’s Chinatown on Thursday evening.
The 36-year-old local resident was attacked around 6:15 p.m. near the federal courthouse, near the corner of Worth Street and Baxter street next to the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse, reports PIX11.
The alleged attacker reportedly approached a security guard at the nearby Manhattan district attorney’s office to say he stabbed someone because he “didn’t like the way he looked at him,” according to ABC7.
Authorities were soon alerted and the victim was immediately brought to a local hospital.
The victim, who has not been named in reports, was in critical condition as of early Friday morning.
The eight-inch knife used by the attacker was recovered by the NYPD near the scene of the crime.
Salman Muflihi, 23, has since been arrested in connection to the crime and is now facing charges of attempted criminally negligent homicide, criminal possession of a weapon, assault and possession of a fake ID.
Muflihi had reportedly been arrested three times before in New York City. Two of the previous arrests were for robberies while the most recent was for an assault in late January. He appeared emotionally disturbed.
The incident remains under investigation by the NYPD’s hate crimes task force.
According to an update via Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, the victim remains in critical but stable condition. The suspect is reportedly set to be charged now with a hate crime by a commanding officer, according to Niou.
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