The suspect in the upstate stabbing of writer Salman Rushdie was charged with attempted murder and assault and is being held without bail, according to a news release from the Chautauqua County District Attorney.
Hadi Matar, 24, allegedly rushed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution Friday morning where Rushdie, 75, was beginning a lecture on freedom of expression.
“We have been in touch with our counterparts in the State of New Jersey where the attacker is from to share information and assist them in helping us to better understand the planning and preparation which preceded the attack so that we and the different agencies involved can determine what, if any, additional charges should be asserted,” the DA’s office said. “We will try to be as transparent as we can without compromising the case.”
But confusion reigned at the Chautauqua County Jail in the village of Mayville Saturday, where officials denied access to reporters from The Post and the Associated Press.
Matar was transferred to the jail from the New York State Police barracks in Jamestown after the attack.