Ahmed Sharif undergoing treatment at Bellevue Hospital Emergency Room
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A boozed-up bigot who just returned from filming U.S. Marines in Afghanistan used a pocket knife to slash a cabbie – just because the driver was Muslim.
Michael Enright, 21, of upstate Brewster, NY, was charged with felony attempted murder as a hate crime – among other crimes – after the sick attack on Ahmed Sharif, 43.
Enright slashed Sharif across the face, arm and hand after asking the Bangladesh-born cabbie if he was Muslim and then saying ‘As-salaam alaikum’ – which means ‘peace be unto you’ in Arabic, cops said.
The suspect also yelled, “Consider this a checkpoint” – an apparent reference to security screening in Afghanistan – as he wildly thrust his knife through the open glass partition at Sharif, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney James Zaleta.
“The EMT on the scene said if the cut had been any longer or deeper he [Sharif] would have been dead on the scene,” Zaleta said at Enright’s arraignment…
“This … was a highly vicious attack on an innocent person based on his religion,” Zaleta said in court.
Mayor Bloomberg, who spoke to Sharif and invited him to City Hall, said the unprovoked attack was clearly “motivated by anti-Muslim bias.”
“I assured him that ethnic or religious bias has no place in our city,” Bloomberg said of his conversation with Sharif.
“This attack runs counter to everything that New Yorkers believe, no matter what God we pray to…”
The home of the brave and the land of the free.
Or something like that.