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Ahmed H. Sharif, Muslim Taxi Driver, STABBED: Michael Enright Charged With Attempted Murder (GRAPHIC PHOTO)

First Posted: 08/25/10 06:50 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:30 PM ET

Ahmed Sharif

NEW YORK (AP) - A 21-year-old man is being held without bail on charges he stabbed a New York City cab driver in the throat after asking whether he was Muslim.

Manhattan prosecutors say Michael Enright spoke to the cabbie in Arabic and then said, "Consider this a checkpoint," before attacking him Tuesday night on the Lower East Side.

Enright was arraigned in a Manhattan court Wednesday on charges of attempted murder as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime and weapons possession.

His lawyer, Jason Martin, says Enright was a senior in college at the School of Visual Arts, lives with his parents in suburban Brewster and has done volunteer work overseas, including in Afghanistan.

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