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Suspect charged with hate crime in stabbing attack against Asian man in New York City

February 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A man accused of stabbing a 36-year-old Asian man Thursday evening outside the federal courthouse in Chinatown, New York City, will be charged with attempted murder in the second degree as a hate crime, according to NYPD Detective Arlene Muniz.

(CNN)A man accused of stabbing a 36-year-old Asian man Thursday evening outside the federal courthouse in Chinatown, New York City, will be charged with attempted murder in the second degree as a hate crime, according to NYPD Detective Arlene Muniz.

Police say the Asian man was walking on the sidewalk at around 6:20 p. m. when he was approached from behind by an attacker who stabbed him in the torso "with an unknown sharp object" before fleeing.

The suspect, 23-year-old Salman Muflihi, was arrested at 9:30 p. m. Thursday and remains in custody, according to the NYPD.

The second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime charge was added on Friday to other charges Muflihi is currently facing, including assault, forgery and criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD said.

On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on the stabbing incident, citing the "horrible act of violence against an Asian American man out of nowhere, just pure hatred. "

The Asian community "has been through so much and suffered so much discrimination during the Covid era," he said.

De Blasio is encouraging the public to attend a rally at 1 p. m. Saturday at Federal Plaza in New York City to "support this effort in any and every way, because we have to stop hate. "

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