Suspect in slashing of Muslim cabbie pleads not guilty

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(AP) - Prosecutors say a college student declared himself "a patriot" after being arrested on charges of slashing a New York taxi driver's neck because of anti-Muslim bias.

A court document released today also says Michael Enright fumed to police that - in his words - "you allow them to blow up buildings in this country."

Enright pleaded not guilty today to attempted murder and assault as hate crimes. The 21-year-old is being held without bail in a psychiatric ward.

Authorities say a drunken Enright asked driver Ahmed Sharif about his faith before telling him to "consider this a checkpoint" and stabbing him Aug. 24.

Enright's lawyer has said the 21-year-old is struggling with alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder after a trip to Afghanistan.

No bail yet for student accused in NY cabbie slashing

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