NEW YORK (AP) – A husband hacked his wife with a meat cleaver on a bustling Chinatown street before firefighters tackled him, police said Monday.
Ming Guang Huang, 28, was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation after being arrested on attempted murder and other charges, police said.
The attack unfolded before witnesses and surveillance cameras on Chinatown’s main thoroughfare, authorities said. Firefighters getting their trucks ready for their shifts Sunday heard screams across the street from the firehouse and sprang into action to stop the bloody assault, authorities and witnesses said.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Huang had a lawyer or when he would be arraigned, and a message left at a possible phone number for him wasn’t immediately returned. His wife was hospitalized; an update on her condition wasn’t immediately available Monday.
Firefighters Jose Ortiz and James Trainor were working at the Engine Co. 9, Ladder Co. 6 firehouse around 10:20 a.m. Sunday when they heard a ruckus outside and saw the man dragging his wife, crying and screaming, along Canal Street, Ortiz said.
As the firefighters started toward the couple, the husband yanked out the knife, Ortiz said.
“All of a sudden, I hear the cleaver go up, and he swings down,” Ortiz told reporters. “He hit her in the head. … Now I’m thinking, `I’ve got to grab this guy.'”
Surveillance video appears to show the man slashing at his wife repeatedly as firefighters rush up and pull him off her, pushing him to a fence and then to the ground to subdue him.
Meanwhile, the woman _ whose name hasn’t been released _ dashed off down the street, leaving her shoes and spatters of blood on the sidewalk.
“She was running down the street, screaming, `Help!'” Jose Mendez, a 56-year-old building superintendent, told the New York Post.
Firefighter Shane Clarke went after the woman while colleagues flagged down police. They caught up to her about two blocks away.
“We were trying to get her to stop, but she wouldn’t let us get near her” at first, Clarke told reporters. Covered in blood and wounded in her head and abdomen, “she was very panicked,” he recalled.
She was expected to survive, authorities said.
“I’m happy we were there to help,” Ortiz said later. “I’m sorry we weren’t there early enough to just stop the whole thing altogether.”
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- The best places to celebrate Fall in Phoenix
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes
- 2016 baseball highlights, bloopers and blunders
- See how CFOs really feel about business in the Valley
- The best television shows on the internet
- A preseason guide to avoid holiday weight gain
- The 5 worst things you could do for your roof
- 6 coolest things brewing in Arizona
- The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise
- State Fair ‘Kid Reporter’ has all the angles covered
- 4 important things to know about timeshare maintenance fees
- Signs of delayed car crash injuries
- The truth about sports concussions
- The Alzheimer's epidemic: Facts you need to know
- The season is here, keep your Fantasy Football team strong all season
- 8 TV shows you can't miss this fall
- Football is here: 6 tips to make this your best season ever
- Gameday recipes and beers to match
- 6 reasons the Cardinals are driven to win the Super Bowl
- The Pac-12 football season nears kickoff
- Tips to get ready for a pain-free golf season
- Protect your family with these 7 home security features
- How to train like an Olympic swimmer
- 2016 Olympics: A guide to must-see TV events
- The bride's guide to feeling your best on your wedding day
- Deciding when you need knee surgery
- Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns
- Top ten road trip bathrooms in America
- Six things causing a pain in your neck
- 5 things to make your summer move easier