NYC cabbie-slash suspect is taken to psych ward

Michael Enright is transferred from Rikers to Bellevue Hospital; Bloomberg connects stabbing to mosque debate


Associated Press
August 27, 2010 4:51PM (UTC)

The college student accused of slashing a taxi driver because he's a Muslim has been taken to a New York City psychiatric ward.

Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello says Michael Enright, of Brewster, N.Y., was taken from the Rikers Island jail to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday night.

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Authorities say Enright uttered an Arabic phrase before slashing Sharif's face and neck Tuesday night.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg met Thursday at City Hall with the Bangladeshi driver, Ahmed H. Sharif.

Bloomberg says it's impossible to know the motive but connected the attack to the debate about an Islamic center planned near ground zero.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says authorities do not believe the attack signifies a trend in anti-Muslim crimes.


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