In New York, on Thursday, a madman, Akram Joudeh, armed with a meat cleaver whacked a cop in the head near Pennsylvania Station because his car had been booted. He managed to use the 11-inch-long meat cleaver to slice an off-duty NYPD detective’s head before he was shot by the police.
Joudeh “went into a blind rage,” according to the New York Daily News, after his illegally parked Nissan Sentra had a wheel lock placed on it. The car was parked less than a mile away from Pennsylvania Station in New York City, and the attack by Joudeh on the officers happened “during the height of rush hour.”
As a result of Joudeh’s attack with the meat cleaver, Detective Brian O’Donnell received a 6-inch gash on his head that “runs from his temple to his jaw.” Joudeh, 32, a “career criminal,” was shot by police officers and was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Joudeh’s “last known residence was in Queens,” reported the New York Times, where he had lived with an uncle.
As Joudeh was attempting to remove the boot that had been placed on the front tire of his white Sentra, “parked near 30th St. on Broadway,” at about 5 p.m., he was approached by two policemen. The NYPD believe that Joudeh might have been living out of his car.
When the police started to question Joudeh, he suddenly became enraged, and “pulled an 11-inch cleaver from his waistband.” The suspect allegedly taunted the police officers, then ran up Sixth Avenue, with the meat cleaver still in his hand.
On eyewitness, an MTA worker, said he saw the suspect “running down the street, waving it.” The witness, who asked to remain unnamed, said officers were chasing the man.
Detective O’Donnell, 43, who was off-duty, was on his way to Pennsylvania Station to catch a train when he saw the police officers chasing after Joudeh. He decided to join on the chase after the suspect.
Pedestrians jumped out of the way when they saw that Joudeh was holding a meat cleaver. The police chased the suspect “through Midtown Manhattan,” according to the New York Times.
Numerous police officers finally managed to surround Joudeh “outside Jack’s 99 Cent Store on 32nd St., between Sixth and Seventh Aves.” Witnesses stated that the police yelled out, “Drop it! Drop it!” repeatedly but the suspect would not drop the meat cleaver. According to DNAinfo, Joudeh did not say a word or respond to their demands.
The cops chasing Joudeh shot him with a stun gun, but it did not seem to have any effect on him. That was when O’Donnell, a 16-year veteran of the NYPD from Long Island, tried to bring a swift end to the pursuit of the suspect, who leaped up “onto the front grille of a responding squad car.”
O’Donnell ran across the street as Joudeh jumped onto the patrol car, and O’Donnell knocked him off of it, shoving the suspect into an UPS truck. Joudeh then swung at O’Donnell with the meat cleaver, and struck his face with it, giving the off-duty detective a 6-inch gash.
After the incident that occurred near Pennsylvania Station, O’Donnell, who is being praised as a hero, said the reason he decided to take part in the chase of the suspect was that he “didn’t want the guy to outrun the police.”
The cops decided to end the threat before Joudeh could potentially do any more harm. They shot 18 times, and fired until they finally were successful in bringing the suspect down with their bullets.
Joudeh whacked an off-duty police detective with a meat cleaver near Pennsylvania Station because he was angry his car had been booted. The suspect, who was a drifter, and the three policemen he had wounded, the New York Daily News reported, “were rushed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.” Joudeh underwent surgery and is in critical condition. Joudeh’s criminal record includes charges of weapons possession, larceny, unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of stolen property. For more CDA News, follow our tweets on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
By John Samels
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