Salman Muflihi
ABC News New York

Asian man stabbed in back in Chinatown, New York

An Asian man was walking home when he was stabbed in the back in New York’s Chinatown on Thursday night around 6:20 pm. According to ABC New York news reporter, CeFaan Kim, the 36-year-old was stabbed outside the federal building on Baxter Street and Worth Street. The suspect Salman Muflihi turned himself in right after the stabbing. He ran to a security guard outside the Manhattan district attorney’s office building and told the guard “I just stabbed someone. Where are the police at?” reports ABC News.

The victim was transported to Bellevue hospital in stable condition and underwent surgery. He is currently in critical condition fighting for his life. Kim said the victim was placed in a medically induced coma after losing his kidney and liver.

Surveillance video captured the attack.

According to the NYPD, the suspect stabbed the victim with an eight-inch knife because he “didn’t like the way he looked at him.” Cops said no words were exchanged between the two.

The Asian Hate Crimes Task Force was called in to investigate but they do not think it was a hate crime at this time. New York Assemblywoman also tweeted that there is no evidence the incident was a hate crime at this time.

Salman Muflihi was charged with “attempted criminally negligent homicide, assault, forgery, and criminal possession of a weapon.” He has three prior arrests including assault and police said he seemed emotionally disturbed.

UPDATE – According to CBS New York News, Salman Muflhi is now also facing an attempted murder as a hate crime charge.

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