By Sophia Hall

MINEOLA, NY (AP / WCBS 880) – An attorney plans a psychiatric defense for a New York man accused of repeatedly stabbing an 8-year-old boy playing video games at a restaurant arcade.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Evan Sachs pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder, assault and weapon possession. He is accused of stabbing the boy five times during a random attack on Oct. 8.

The boy, who has not been identified, has since recovered.

Police say Sachs, a 23-year-old movie theater usher, had been stalking potential victims at area malls. He was arrested moments after the stabbing.

Attorney Eric Sachs, who is not related to the defendant, says his client was being treated for a psychiatric disorder when the stabbing occurred.

Evan Sachs is being held without bail. He is due back in court Dec. 7.

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

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