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David Moore, 23, of 365 W. 118th St. in Manhattan, was found guilty on April 2 of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the Oct. 23, 2006, stabbing of Jian Lin Huang, 39, who was delivering food to an apartment of the Astoria housing development, Queens DA Richard Brown said.Moore, who was held on $300,000 bail, will return to court for sentencing before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter April 23, the DA said. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison, he said.Brown said the victim was lured to the fifth floor of a Ravenswood building on 21st Street in Astoria around 7:40 p.m. under the pretext of delivering a food order. But no one answered at the apartment when Huang ran the doorbell, the DA said.The defendant and his victim had both taken the elevator up to the fifth floor moments before Huang was attacked, the DA said."He had no way of knowing that the man who would attack him minutes later shared the same elevator with him," Brown said. "In an attempt to keep the deliveryman off-guard, the defendant coolly exited the elevator on the fourth floor and then ran up the stairs to the floor above. Once the deliveryman was alone on the fifth floor, the defendant jumped out of the stairway and viciously attacked his victim."The DA said Moore grabbed Huang around the neck and stabbed him multiple times in his arm and upper body. Moore had fled down a stairway after Huang began to scream loudly, leaving the victim to bleed all over the floor, Brown said."Fortunately, the victim survived the ordeal and recovered from his injuries," he said.The DA said the building's video recording system caught Moore on film entering the building and exiting on the fourth floor after the stabbing. The video also showed the defendant holding a knife in his hand, Brown said.Moore was identified and arrested after the video clip was aired on television, the DA said. The jacket worn by the defendant during the attack was recovered by police at the time of his arrest, Brown said.Reach reporter Nathan Duke by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 156.
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