From Pexel by Kat Wilcox
A suspect turned himself into police Thursday night after what police are describing as a random attack on an Asian man in Manhattan Chinatown.
ABC7 reports someone stabbed the victim in the back and that no words were exchanged prior to the attack.
“Outrageous isn’t even the right word because we have been seeing so many more attacks on Asians,” said district leader Jenny Low to NBC New York.
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force came to investigate, but called it off after no evidence of a hate crime surfaced.
Police identified the suspect as Salman Muflihi. The 23 year old faces a charge of negligent homicide, assault, forgery and criminal possession of a weapon.
Doctors at Bellevue Hospital say the 36-year-old victim in critical condition.
According to WCBS880, another man walked up to the victim as he walked in front of the federal courthouse near Worth Street and Baxter Street. The suspect then stabbed the victim in the back.
The radio station reports Muflihi has several prior arrests.
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