The suspect within the stabbing of an Asian man in New York City’s Chinatown walked into the New York County District Attorney’s Office and admitted he had simply “stabbed a guy up the block,” in keeping with Manhattan’s Assistant District Attorney Adam Johnson.
According to a legal grievance, the suspect advised authorities, “I stabbed that guy. If he dies, he dies. I don’t give a f—,” throughout his arrest processing.
“This is a strong case with video evidence, eyewitnesses, and a confession from the defendant,” Johnson stated in an announcement.
The suspect has been recognized as Salman Muflihi, 23, of Brooklyn. Muflihi is dealing with assault expenses in addition to one depend of tried homicide within the second diploma and one other depend of legal possession of a weapon within the third diploma.
“We are continuing to investigate and may bring additional charges if warranted,” Johnson stated. Muflihi faces a minimal of 5 years in state jail and a most of 25 years.
Muflihi is accused of stabbing a 36-year-old man who was strolling on the sidewalk on the intersection of Worth and Baxter streets, near federal courthouses. The incident occurred round 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, the New York City Police Department stated.
“Without any prior interaction, the Defendant approached the victim from behind, grabbed his shoulder, and plunged the knife into his lower back,” Johnson stated. As Muflihi ran away from the scene, he stated “I’m sorry,” an eyewitness advised investigators.
The injured man stated he “never saw the Defendant and had no idea why he attacked him,” in keeping with Johnson.
The man sustained substantial accidents. His liver was punctured and he suffered main inside bleeding. Doctors at Bellevue Hospital eliminated one in every of his kidneys and his adrenaline gland, Johnson stated, including that the sufferer “is currently still in the hospital in critical condition and he may not survive.”
“This case is every New Yorker’s worst nightmare….to be attacked by a complete and total stranger with a large knife for no reason at all,” Johnson stated.
Muflihi’s bail has been set at $500,000.
The stabbing incident got here two days after Mayor Bill de Blasio and the commander of the police division’s Asian Hate Crime Task Force spoke about crimes concentrating on Asians within the metropolis and elsewhere.
Since the pandemic, there have been 28 incidents of Covid-related hate crimes towards Asians, and all however one concerned Asian victims, stated NYPD Deputy Inspector Stewart Loo, who heads the Asian Hate Crime Task Force, which was shaped final yr.
There have been two this yr, he stated. The yr earlier than the pandemic, there have been three anti-Asian hate crimes. Loo and de Blasio stated hate crimes are sometimes underreported, they usually inspired victims to report them.
Generally, for a violent act to be thought-about a Covid-related hate crime, there needs to be one thing stated or an announcement by the assailant, Loo stated.
Prior Muflihi’s confession on the New York County District Attorney’s Office, the New York City Police Department’s hate crimes unit was investigating the assault however their probe ended when Muflihi turned himself in and stated that the stabbing was not motivated by race or ethnicity, in keeping with NBC New York.