MANHATTAN — A 28-year-old man attacked his wife Sunday morning with a meat cleaver on a Chinatown sidewalk before being tackled by FDNY firefighters, cops said.
Ming Guang Huang was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation after being arrested on attempted murder and other charges, police told the Associated Press.
The 10:20 a.m. attack happened outside a hair salon at 76 Canal St. — directly across from the FDNY's Engine Company 9 and Ladder Company 6, FDNY officials confirmed.
Firefighters Jose Ortiz and James Traino were preparing their rigs for their shifts Sunday when they heard the woman's screams and raced into action, authorities and witnesses told the AP.
They spotted Huang dragging his wife, crying and screaming, along Canal Street, Ortiz said.
"All of a sudden, I hear the cleaver go up, and he swings down," Ortiz told reporters, according to the AP. "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.
A third firefighter from the FDNY company that's dubbed the "Chinatown Dragon Fighters" ran after the woman to tend to her wounds, a fire official told DNAinfo.com New York.
"We were trying to get her to stop, but she wouldn't let us get near her" at first, firefighter Shane Clarke said. Covered in blood and wounded in her head and abdomen, "she was very panicked," he said, according to the AP.
The woman, whose name has not been released publicly, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center in serious condition, according to the FDNY.