A husband hacked his wife with a meat cleaver on a bustling Chinatown street before firefighters tackled him, police said Monday.
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.”‘