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MIT Student Stabbed; DA Says Incident Racially Involved

By Linda D'Angelo

The Saturday morning stabbing of Michael Goldfarb G by a Dorchester teenager was racially motivated, District Attorney Tom Rielly said in Cambridge District Court Monday.

Goldfarb and three others -- Joe Doeringer G, Justin Won G and Petric Oryer, a visiting scientist -- were allegedly attacked on Windsor Street shortly after midnight by 17-year-old Jamal Pinto and a 16-year-old as they walked home from an off-campus party.

Pinto and the juvenile, whom Doeringer said appeared to be intoxicated, allegedly shouted racial slurs at the group. Pinto then charged the group and stabbed Goldfarb in the lower right back, Doeringer said.

The juvenile restrained Pinto from further stabbing Goldfarb, Doeringer said, adding that had Pinto not been restrained, "Mike would be dead." The four then ran from the scene, he said.

Goldfarb was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remains in stable condition.

Pinto and the juvenile were later apprehended by Cambridge Police.

Pinto is being held on $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and civil rights violations at his arraignment Monday. A pretrial conference is scheduled for July 24.

The juvenile, whose name is being withheld, was arraigned

in Cambridge Juvenile Court Monday.

Attack racially motivated

Jill Reilly, spokesperson for the DA's Office, said the district attorney had asked that Pinto's bail be set at $500,000, an amount she called "very high," because of "the unprovoked viciousness of the attack" and also because the defendant has "a long juvenile record."

While Reilly said civil rights violations are not "automatic" when racial slurs are used during an attack, she said the victims told police they felt they had been attacked because they were white.

"We are going to make sure that the case is prosecuted aggressively," Reilly said, noting that state legislation "guarantees a very stiff sentence for a crime in which the sole motivation is the victim's ethnicity."

Doeringer said that while the crime seemed to be "more alcohol-motivated than racially-motivated," he and the others "thought at the time that if we had not been white, we would not have been attacked."

In a separate incident, a person not affiliated with MIT was robbed on Windsor Street in the early morning of July 7. The victim described the assailant as a six-foot black man in a black hooded sweatshirt.