August 26th, 2010
10:42 AM ET

Friends of man accused of stabbing cabbie 'shocked'

A film student suspected of stabbing a New York cab driver after asking the driver is he was Muslim was described Thursday as someone who worked to build bridges across religious and ethnic boundaries.

Those who know Michael Enright, 21, a film student at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, are "shocked and dumbfounded" by his arrest, said Robert Chase, the executive director of Intersections International which posted a message on its site about the incident.

The cabbie, Ahmed Sharif, is due to address media Thursday afternoon.

Enright volunteered with the nonprofit group, and it partially funded his trip to Afghanistan in the spring, where he shot a film on American soldiers serving there for his thesis, Chase said. FULL STORY

Enright is facing charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, second-degree assault as a hate crime, second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

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  1. Paul

    Yeah right "bridge builder"... Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limpbah claim to be one of those too. Only diff is, they are slitting the Republicans rednecks, oh, I mean necks. Sorry...

    August 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    Hey, how bout plastering his racist, terrorists face all over the media?! I'll bet he attends regular tea party meetings, an is an avid listener to Beck, Limbaugh, McCain, and Palin.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    Find out who that non-profit he worked for is, and inform them, they have terrorists working for them.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. La Piovra

    It was a matter of very short time until this happened, and I promise this incident will not be the last. The barking heads have been instigating xenophobia and Islamophobia; they will go on doing it. The allegedly responsible media have been reporting their remarks as if those were legitimate arguments in a fair debate; they, too, will go on doing it. A couple more incidents like this, and Al Khaeda can say, "See! I told you so!", which will in turn enable our own "Christian patriots" to say the same thing. Someone stop the downward spiral... anyone?

    August 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Daphne

    Fear mongering is toxic. To me this shows how Islmaphobia and ignorance is rampant here in America. Not just that, but this tidal wave of uninformed conservatism is sweeping the nation. Listening to Limbaugh, Beck and Fox does not make you an informed American, but it does open the chance for these people to use you like cash cows to spread their message of stupidity. Don't buy their books, listen to them or give them any kind of pedestal to spit their ubsurdities.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dina K.

    I love the way no matter how many attacks worldwide are perpetrated by Muslims, it's Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity who these other post comment authors claim are the enemy. Priceless. How about writing just as rabid an attack on Islamic terrorists the next time (isn't it every day?) one of them blows somebody up in the world. You are hypocrits. You claim to abhor those who you claim are racists and bigoted, but you accept with open arms a faith and followers who are the least accepting of anyone outside of their belief system and customs. At least by intellectually consistent and denounce Islamic fundamentalists in addition to your attacks on conservatives.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Karl Krypton

    maybe the accused was acting in self-defense

    August 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Liza Null

    "Well, we were kinda concerned when he carved that swastika into his forehead with a razor blade, but hey – it's his forehead, ya know?"

    August 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |