Cabbie-Slash Suspect In Bellevue Psych Ward

NEW YORK (AP) — A college student accused of slashing a taxi driver because he is a Muslim was moved from jail to a psychiatric ward, corrections officials said Friday.

Michael Enright, 21, of Brewster, N.Y., was accused of using a folding knife to slash the face and neck of the driver, Ahmed H. Sharif, an immigrant from Bangladesh, on Tuesday night after asking whether he’s a Muslim. Enright was moved from the Rikers Island jail to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday night, said Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said authorities see the attack as an isolated incident rather than evidence of a trend in anti-Muslim crimes.

Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, who teaches politics and public administration at Dhaka University in Bangladesh, said the assault was at odds with American values.

“We worry more because there are many Bangladeshi taxi drivers in America,” he said. “They behave as patriotic American nationals more than they consider themselves Muslims or Bangladeshis. Such violence against them is not desirable, and we believe all believing in democracy and liberty will condemn it.”

Waliur-ur Rehman, who heads a think tank, the Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs, said he recognized that the majority of Americans are opposed to such violence.

“This is not the America we want to see. This is not Jefferson’s America, this is not Kennedy’s America,” Rehman said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with Sharif at City Hall on Thursday.

Bloomberg said it is impossible to know the motive for the attack, but he made a pointed connection to the debate surrounding a planned Islamic center and mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site, which has ignited intense emotions worldwide.

Sharif said the topic did not come up in his conversation with Enright, who police say was drunk at the time of the attack.

“Of course it was for my religion. He attacked me after he knew I was a Muslim,” Sharif said at a news conference.

Bloomberg said: “Hopefully, people will understand that we can have a discourse. That’s what the First Amendment is all about. That’s what America is all about.”

In an interview Thursday on New York radio station WOR-AM, Gov. David Paterson said that even if Enright actually discussed the driver’s religion before the slashing, such crimes often involve underlying mental health problems. The governor said the driver’s religion may not have prompted the attack.

Paterson said such cases compel New Yorkers to remember that terrorists want Americans to fight among themselves.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Cartman

    he’s not fat just big boned.

  • Liberal Jew

    Rumor has it that the fat kid worked for a pro Mosque group. The media sure needed a story like this to sensationalize the issue. Now, instead of hearing that the vast majority of Americans are opposed to the Mosque, we will hear more of Chairman Bloomberg’s rhetoric that the opposition to putting what most see as an insulting gesture are nothing more than a pack of hate mongering bigots readily capable of resorting to violence like what we see here. Nice work, fatso!

  • bev

    Too bad your talking heads at noon could not stick to this script.

    Instead, we hear the idiotic and self-contradictory line “police are still looking for a motive in the allged hat crime”.i

    Motive is the BASIS for a hate crime (or thought crime to be techical) you pathetic excuses for journalists. If you insist on hiring tokens for your teleprompter reading, they should at least be able to spot an idiotic statement before they parrot it.

  • jtorres

    The sad reality is and has always been that every religion, country, political organization, etc. can be perverted by extremists who want to use it as an excuse to kill, maim or some other lunacy. Ever hear of the Inquisition? the Holocaust? Did these make sense? No religion or sacred book (including The Koran) has ever encouraged the murder of innocents. Period. Open up your mind a little. Maybe you’ll learn something

    • JStover

      The Quran DOES justify the killing of innocents! It states that all infidels are deserving of death – and an infidel is defined as anyone who refuses to convert to Islam. ” When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” Or perhaps this one is to your liking -” Believers! Make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Let them find harshness in you. (another source: ) Ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers….”

  • Gholamhosain Tasbihi

    Anti Islamic feelings in USA are based on and stirred up by Churches preaching, teachers and parents educating their children and media biased advertisements against Islam and Islamic Ideology which is all against the superpower of America. All races, religions and nationalities should be treated equal in that continent. If some simple people there continue to be against other religions or races, they surely should be called the American enemies – not USA compatriots

  • erik

    Bet he’s a republican.

  • ed

    we need to know if he was drinking who was he drinking with and what kind of conversation was he engaged in? who was he talking with

  • Urban the 2nd

    I wonder how many Muslims have killed Christians or Jews and nothing has been reported, like the dad in Texas who killed his two daughters as an honor killing because they wanted American boyfriends. The dhimmi media has cowered in fear and was looking for an opportunity to make an example out of one white person. They wanted with every fiber in their being to declare an incident like this a ‘hate crime’ or a ‘islamophobic’ crime. Go to France and see how Muslims have intimidated a whole country! Go to Amsterdam where they spitting and beating up gays as they walk in the streets simply for being gay. If Muslims want peace then let them begin by showing peace and removing the mosque. Let them stop attacking gays! Let them stop honor killings! Let them stop with their want of Sharia in the US. We need to remove the footbaths that have been installed in airports across the nation. This is not a Muslim nation nor will it ever be.

    • helptheusanow

      VERY WELL SAID !!!!!

    • Settle down

      There are extremists everywhere. Like, in your mirror.

      Remember, if you remove the rights of muslims, it’ll be so much easier to remove the rights of christians and jews too.

      BTW, it’s not a christian nation either.

    • Stephen

      oh thats right, we’re a jewish nation. We’ll keep pumping tax payers money into aiding Israel with millions of dollars. Thats why we’re so hated Urban the 2nd.
      Israel is our 51st state.

    • FoxNewsLies

      So, what your saying is the guy deserved to be cut up because he is Muslim? You Ma’am are an idiot!

    • FoxNewsLies

      Fox News will rot your brain. Gays are beat up every day in the USA by Christians. What the hell makes you think the want haria in the US? Please have a thought of your own.

    • KPMc

      Your first statement decries unreported attacks on christains or jews by muslims yet your example is of a Muslim ( I presume) who kills his own daughters. So where is the muslim on non-muslim crime. Secondly… you READ oir HEARD it somewhere… so it wasn’t unreported was it?

      Was the father charged? convicted? go to prison? See… that’s how America works.

      Still wondering… is ignorance really bliss? Cause if so, you must be ecstatic!

  • helptheusanow

    what do you call it when a white person is slashed by a person of a different color/race/religion. oh, thats right, its called a slashing or a mugging !

    • TTC

      not if you are called a cracker, piece of white bread before he mugs you.

  • jtorres

    They say he was drunk and didn’t mean what he said but I say In vino, veritas

  • Ali Tarbash

    He very very bad man.

  • Steve

    Sad day for all. We will never see total peace as long as earth exist.

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