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Wife survives hubby’s alleged cleaver attack

NYPD officers enter the apartment building where a 53-year-old man allegedly chopped his wife with a meat cleaver last week. Photo by Joe Anuta
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A 52-year-old woman was recovering at a Queens hospital after her husband allegedly attacked her with a meat cleaver last week, police and hospital workers said.

Huizhen Liu was initially listed in critical condition after the bloody confrontation, but was moved to another room in the hospital for non-critical patients, according to New York Hospital Queens.

Early May 23 near the corner of Parsons Boulevard and Ash Avenue, her husband, 53-year-old Kang Wang, is accused of striking Liu about a dozen times in the torso and head with a meat cleaver after an argument got out of control, according to police.

Cops believe Wang may have recently been released from psychiatric care, a source said. He was booked at the 109th Precinct and charged with attempted criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

The fight began in the couple’s apartment at about 5:45 a.m., where after the initial attack Liu ran out onto Parsons Boulevard leaving a trail of blood drops in her wake.

Wang continued to hit Liu with the meat cleaver on the sidewalk until he was subdued by his son and a Good Samaritan walking by, who grabbed an ice scraper to knock the cutting tool out of Wang’s hand, police said.

A pool of blood was still visible the afternoon of the attack on the sidewalk down the street from the family’s home.

Neighbors said the family had recently moved into the apartment, but several people heard arguing coming from the apartment at about 5:30 a.m. that morning.

Other neighbors were shocked that the gruesome scene played out in their building.

“You see this stuff all the time on the news, but you never think it would happen here,” said a 36-year-old man who identified himself as Steve. “What kind of person hacks someone with a meat cleaver?”

The 52-year-old mother was rushed to NYHQ immediately following the attack, where she was still recuperating as of press time Tuesday afternoon.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

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