Racism charged in bias-motivated stabbing of store clerk of Mexican descent

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CLIFTON, NJ – A man shouted racist slurs against a store clerk of Mexican heritage was charged for attempted murder and first-degree bias intimidation after stabbing the clerk.

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Clifton Police Chief Thomas Rinaldi announce that Shairo Gil, 24, of Clifton, was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder, in an attempted stabbing of a store clerk in the city of Clifton, which has been classified as a bias attack.

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“Mr. Gil was also charged with second-degree Aggravated Assault, third-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and first-degree bias intimidation.

“It is alleged that Mr. Gil enteredBarrales Grocery, located on MainAvenuein Clifton, where he walked up to the store clerk, and without prompting, pulled out a knife and attempted to stab the clerk in the chest,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. “The investigation revealed that Mr. Gil was purposely targeting any individual of Mexican descent and that he chose the victim because he believed her to be of Mexican descent.”

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The following information was provided by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office:

Attempted Murder is a crime of the first degree. If convicted, Mr. Gil faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in State Prison. Mr. Gil is convicted of theBias Crime charge, he faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in State Prison. Second-degree Aggravated Assault carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in State Prison.

Third-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose carries a maximum sentence of 5yearsin state prison and fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weaponcarriesa maximum sentence of 18 months in State Prison.

Mr. Gil is currently being held at Passaic County Jail awaiting his initial appearance at Central Judicial Processing.TheState has filed a motion for the pretrial detention of the defendant that will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.

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The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPOor tips@passaiccountynj.orgAny inquiries may be directed to Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Jonathan Barrera, who can be reached at 973-837-7730or jbarrera@passaiccountynj.org.

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