Accused Kang Wang, 53, Later Subdued By Neighbor Armed With Ice Scraper

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Queens woman was critically injured Wednesday morning after police say her husband went on the attack — with a meat cleaver.

CBS 2’s John Slattery spoke with the neighbors who heard the victim’s screams for help.

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1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

The man accused of wielding a meat cleaver on his wife’s head at around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday morning is 53-year-old Kang Wang of Flushing. Police were guarding the floor where they say the man’s 52-year-old wife was brutally struck in the head several times. A cleaver is a hefty kitchen blade with a large handle that is used for forceful chopping.

“I heard like someone screaming. I wasn’t sure, someone yelling,” neighbor Vincent Lin said. “Until I heard ‘Help!’ HELP!’ and I got up and call 911 right away.”

As the attack was underway, police say the couple’s son, 22-year-old Nianwen Wang, came to the defense of his mother, leading her out of the building onto Parsons Boulevard, where there was a trail of blood. The superintendent of the build next door said he wasn’t totally surprised by the incident.

“It’s crazy, but with this building, you never know. People in and out of this building, in and out of this building, anyway,” Gabriel Davia said.

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“Terrible, terrible.  A meat cleaver to the head?  And I may know the woman, who knows?,” neighbor Margaret Bower told Slattery.

Emergency crews found the woman in critical condition. She was later taken to New York Hospital. Police recovered an ice scraper, which neighbors said was used by a passerby to subdue the husband.

With the alleged swing of a cleaver, the husband is facing charges, and the son is wondering about the future for his mother.

Police have charged Kang Wang with assault, attempted criminally negligent homicide, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said the weapon was recovered at the scene.

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