Salman Muflihi Faces Hate Crime Expenses In Stabbing Of Asian Man In Decrease Manhattan – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Charges against a man accused of stabbing a 36-year-old Asian man in Lower Manhattan on Thursday have increased, police sources told CBS2.
The 23-year-old Salman Muflihi now faces attempted murder as a hate crime, sources say. He was originally charged with attempted negligent murder, assault, forgery and possession of a gun.
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Police said the 36-year-old victim was fighting for his life in critical condition. The victim is said to have last been in a medically-related coma.
After the attack, Muflihi reportedly reported to the public prosecutor and confessed, police sources said.
Muflihi allegedly said he didn’t like the way the victim looked at him.
Andrea Grymes of CBS2 spoke exclusively to Wellington Chen, a witness to the attack.
“It could have been any of us,” said Chen.
The surveillance video shows the 36-year-old Asian victim walking when, according to the police, his attacker runs after him and stabs him to death.
“Who would have thought that someone would come up to you out of nowhere and stab you,” said Chen.
The attack occurred just steps from federal court in Worth and Baxter around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The victim’s fiancée told CBS2 that the victim was out for a walk. Chen did the same and took photos when he saw a man on the street.
“He’s gone around the corner and comes charging up. so fast. And then I thought he had just pushed the Asian man. And the Asian man turned and looked at him. So I thought they knew each other, so I didn’t make anything of it, ”said Chen.
Chen took a picture of the victim still standing and didn’t realize he saw a stab until he got home and heard the news.
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Police call the attack unprovoked and say no words were exchanged. They believe the suspect is emotionally disturbed.
The victim’s fiancée calls him an incredibly kind and humble man from an immigrant family, an MIT graduate. She can’t believe this happened to him.
She says that for the past several years to date, they have generally felt safe living in Manhattan. She just hopes he can fully recover.
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“This is very annoying. We have seen so many more attacks on Asians. This is a hate crime. I don’t care how you say it, ”Jenny Low, Democratic district manager for Chinatown, told Cory James of CBS2.
The NYPD said as of Sunday that there have been two incidents of hate crimes this year, but they are only classified as such when words are exchanged. There have been 29 incidents over the past year, including 24 that were believed to have been motivated by COVID-19. There were only three anti-Asian hate crimes in 2019.
“We need the mayor and the police to put some resources into the hate crime task force. I understand they volunteer for it, but without resources they cannot do their job. It’s like you have a vehicle and you don’t put gas in it or charge it, you can’t run, ”Low said.
The mayor and others have spoken out against Asian hate crimes.
“We had a terrible incident yesterday, a terrible act of violence against an Asian-American man out of nowhere. Just pure hatred, “said Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday.
More than 3,000 hate incidents against Americans from Asia have been recorded since the coronavirus outbreak began, according to an advocacy group.
Recent worrying incidents in New York City include a Flushing, Queens woman who was forcibly pushed to the ground, a SoHo woman who was sprayed with pepper spray on the street, and now Thursday’s sting, which is another Asian New Yorker sent to the hospital.
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Cory James of CBS2 contributed to this report.