The police said that the Asian man was attacked by the assailant while walking on the sidewalk at about 6:20 pm. The assailant stabbed him in the torso with “an unknown sharp object” before fleeing.
The New York Police Department said the victim was taken to a district hospital in critical condition.
According to the New York Police Department, the suspect, 23-year-old Salman Muflihi, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and is still in custody.
The stabbing is the latest violence in the United States against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The recent series of attacks across the country have put Asian communities on high alert and instigated campaigns to condemn such attacks.
The New York City Police Department said Friday that the attempted second-degree murder as a hate crime charge is other charges currently facing Muflich, including assault, forgery and criminal possession of weapons.
CNN tried to contact Muflihi’s lawyer.
On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Bill de Blasio) commented on the stabbing, saying that “terrorist violence against Asian Americans is ubiquitous and purely hateful”.
He said: “It is unfair at every level.” He said, “In the era of Covid, Asian communities have experienced a lot of suffering and suffered so much discrimination.”
De Blasio encouraged the public to attend a rally on Saturday at 1 p.m. Federal Square in New York City, “support this effort in any way, because we must stop the hatred.”