No Bail Yet For Student Accused Of Slashing Cabbie

NEW YORK (1010 WINS / AP / WCBS 880) — A student accused of slashing a Muslim taxi driver’s neck will remain in custody for the time being.
A Manhattan judge said Monday he’ll decide at arraignment whether to grant bail for Michael Enright of Brewster, N.Y. He’s accused of attacking driver Ahmed H. Sharif, 43, with a folding knife on Aug. 24 in a busy commercial area on 40th Street and Third Avenue.

revves lehman No Bail Yet For Student Accused Of Slashing Cabbie

Reeves Lehmann, Chairman of Film Dept., School of Visual Arts. (Photo/Juliet Papa)


WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports
LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

Sharif suffered a deep gash on his forearm, a defensive wound on his hand, and slashes to his neck and upper lip.
His attorney says Enright suffers from post-traumatic stress and chronic alcoholism.
Authorities say the 21-year-old uttered an Arabic greeting and told the driver: “Consider this a checkpoint.” He’s charged with attempted murder and assault, both as hate crimes.
The allegations have mystified some who know Enright, a senior at the School of Visual Arts.

“This is so contrary to everything that I know about Michael,” Reeves Lehmann, Chairman of Film Dept., School of Visual Arts, told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa.
Enright’s attorney says the stress disorder was brought on by war horrors he witnessed while filming a documentary in Afghanistan. An interfaith group helped send him to Afghanistan where he spent time embedded with U.S. troops.

“That experience, I think, really took a toll on him,” Lehmann said. “I could see it in his face when he came back.”

He’ll be arraigned Sept 25.

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  • Frankie Gatz

    I think he needs 15 years to think about this. Attica

  • davi paulinho

    The anti muslim rhetoric and sentiments abroad in our land these days are shocking and shameful. Let me leave it at that.

  • shazoom

    Lets get him stoned! I’ll bring the weed! haha silly muslims

  • queensny

    My borther in law has PTSD and has never hurt anyone else. It’s just not an excuse.

  • Pete

    He suffers post traumatic stress?? What about that poor cab driver? How is he going to feel driving that cab and earning a living? He’s got PTS now for sure. I sure hope he’s ok. It’s idiots like this one that keeps our world fueled in anger and hate.

    • Alberto

      I would have send him to meet momo the child lover in “HELL”.

  • Kwame

    “His attorney says Enright suffers from post-traumatic stress and chronic alcoholism.”

    He’s also suffering from a case of attempted murderitis.

  • S.B. Taylor

    Hey…I thought Isalm was not a violent religion….kinda sounds that way to me!

  • USMC

    No he should be tried in American courts. This is his right. He is an American. We Americans don’t stone like they do in most muslim countries.

  • Muhammad

    He should be stoned to death for committing such an outrageous bias crime.

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