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NYC firefighters save woman in dramatic meat cleaver attack

- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2013

New York City firefighters tackled a man who was hacking at a woman with a meat cleaver on a busy Chinatown street Sunday, according to various reports.

The Associated Press reports that Jose Ortiz and James Trainor were working at the Engine Co. 9, Ladder Co. 6 firehouse when they saw a man dragging a screaming woman along Canal Street. The pair ran from the firehouse to help the woman just as the man pulled out his cleaver, AP reports..

"All of a sudden, I hear the cleaver go up, and he swings down," Mr. Ortiz said. "He hit her in the head. ... Now I'm thinking, 'I've got to grab this guy.'"

AP says surveillance video showed the man repeatedly slashing the woman — who was later identified as his wife — as firefighters yanked him off and subdued him. The woman fled but was later treated at a hospital. On Monday, she was still recovering, AP said.

The man, Ming Guang Huang, 28, was taken into police custody for attempted murder and transported to a nearby hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, AP said.

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