CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Officials say a New Jersey man is facing attempted murder and bias charges after trying to stab a woman because he believed she was Mexican.
The incident happened inside a grocery store on Main Avenue near West First Street in Clifton.READ MORE: 13 Hospitalized After Exposure To Dangerous Fumes At YMCA Pool In New Rochelle
According to the Passaic County prosecutor’s office, 24-year-old Shairo Gil, of Clifton, walked into the store, approached a clerk, suddenly pulled out a knife and tried to stab the woman in the chest.READ MORE: FBI Executes Search Warrant At Home Of Gabby Petito's Fiancé Brian Laundrie
The prosecutor’s office says their investigation revealed Gil was “purposely targeting any individual of Mexican descent, and that he chose the victim because he believed her to be of Mexican descent.”MORE NEWS: De Blasio: Parolee Who Died Sunday At Rikers Not Among 191 Set For Release
Gil was arrested Saturday and is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder and bias intimidation.