NEW YORK (AP) - A college student who did volunteer work in Afghanistan is charged with slashing a New York City cab driver after asking him whether he was Muslim.
A criminal complaint alleges Michael Enright uttered an Arabic greeting and told the driver, "Consider this a checkpoint," before the attack Tuesday night. Police say Enright was drunk at the time.
A judge ordered the 21-year-old held without bail on charges of attempted murder and assault as hate crimes, as well as possession of a weapon.
The driver, a Bangladeshi immigrant, suffered a serious neck wound and cuts to his forearms, his face and one hand.
Enright's lawyer told the judge his client was an honors student at the School of Visual Arts who lives with his parents in suburban Brewster, N.Y.
Enright volunteered for Intersections International, a group that promotes interfaith dialogue and has supported plans for an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from ground zero.