Restaurant hammer attack

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Hate crime charged in fatal Chinese restaurant hammer attack

February 01, 2019 - 5:23 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- The suspect in a fatal hammer attack at a Chinese restaurant in New York City has been arraigned from a psychiatric ward on murder and hate crime charges.

A judge on Friday ordered 34-year-old Arthur Martunovich held without bail. He's been hospitalized since his arrest after the Jan. 15 attack at Seaport Buffet in Brooklyn.

A third victim died last week.

Martunovich, who's white and lives near the restaurant, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

Police say he told officers he committed the attack after watching a movie in which Asian women were treated poorly by Asian men.

Authorities say told officers ``Chinese men are awful'' and that he used his hammer, ``to prove my love to women.''

His lawyer says he's a ``very sick'' man.