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No bail for student accused of slashing cabbie

Monday, September 13, 2010

A student accused of slashing a Muslim taxi driver's neck will remain in custody for the time being.

A Manhattan judge said Monday he'll decide at arraignment whether to grant bail for Michael Enright of Brewster, N.Y. He's accused of attacking driver Ahmed H. Sharif with a folding knife on Aug. 24.

His attorney says Enright suffers from post-traumatic stress and chronic alcoholism.

Authorities say the 21-year-old uttered an Arabic greeting and told the driver: "Consider this a checkpoint." He's charged with attempted murder and assault, both as hate crimes.

The allegations have mystified some who know Enright, a senior at the School of Visual Arts.

An interfaith group helped send him to Afghanistan as part of a school video project. He spent time embedded with U.S. troops.

He'll be arraigned Sept 22.

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