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Cabbie stabbing suspect released on $500,000 bail

By Jessica Naziri, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • He is released on $500,000 bail
  • He is ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device, stay in New York State, attend an alcohol treatment program, and adhere to an 8 p.m. curfew

New York (CNN) -- Michael Enright, the 21-year-old film student accused of slashing the throat of a New York City taxi driver after asking if he was Muslim was released on $500,000 bail Tuesday afternoon.

Enright's parents put up a $250,000 cash deposit and their $300,000 home in Brewster to secure the bond, according to Enright's New York defense attorney.

Under the terms of Enright's release, Justice Richard Carruthers of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan required that he wear an electronic monitoring device, stay in New York State, attend an alcohol treatment program, and adhere to an 8 p.m. curfew.

Enright, who was being held at the Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital for observation prior to his release, will also need to be in the care of a mental health professional.

The 43-year-old taxi driver, Ahmed Sharif, who survived the attack was a practicing Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh. According to the Taxi Workers Alliance, Sharif was slashed across the neck, face, shoulder and hand.

According to police Enright was intoxicated the night of the arrest and they had found an empty bottle of scotch in a backpack he had with him.

He was charged with 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, according to New York police.

In previous hearings, Enright's lawyer said that his client suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism. He had recently traveled to Afghanistan to work on a film about American Marines there.

CNN made calls regarding Enright's release to Sharif for comment received no response.

Enright is due back in court on Dec. 8 for defense motions.