Meat cleaver-wielding man arrested in weekend attack identified


by Catherine Holland and Carina Sonn

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 14 at 5:27 PM

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PHOENIX – A man and a woman are in the hospital after a man armed with a meat cleaver went into their West Phoenix town home and attacked them Saturday afternoon.

The man is in serious condition, his aunt is reported to be in critical condition. According to witnesses, they suffered wounds to their heads and arms.

Police say the suspect used to work with the male victim at a Market nearby, and was angry about recently getting fired. Officials say the woman was injured when she tried to intervene in the struggle.

Police are not saying much about the attack, which happened at the Legend Villas complex at 69th Avenue and Indian School Road.

A neighbor called the police and then went inside to check on the female victim.

“She had a big cut on her arm,” Jennifer Hernandez said. “You could see her bone; skin was just hanging. And she had a cut on her head.”

The suspect, who been identified as Qui Tu Truong, fled the scene but was later arrested.

Truong, 27, reportedly was recently fired from his job at a local Asian market. One of the victims was a co-worker.

Investigators said Truong now faces one count of burglary and two counts of attempted frist-degree murder.

Police have not released any other information about Truong, nor have they said anything about the victims.