Qui Truong Pleads Guilty in Meat Cleaver Attack on Former Colleagues
Qui Tu Truong got fired from a market in Phoenix last year.
For this, he did what any rational person would not do -- attack his former colleagues with a meat cleaver.
Truong pleaded guilty yesterday to attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault, related to the March 2011 meat cleaver episode.
According to court documents previously obtained by New Times, Truong broke into the house of a female ex-colleague near 68th Avenue and Indian School Road, and went after the woman and her nephew with the meat cleaver.
Police said Truong had threatened the woman in the past for talking about him at work. If she didn't stop talking about him, Truong said he'd kill her, according to the documents.
The woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, and remained unconscious for days after the attack.
Although Truong blamed the woman for getting him fired, he was reportedly axed for not showing up to work.
Truong ran away from the scene after the attack, but was caught by the cops shortly after that -- with fresh blood on his shoes, according to court documents.
Truong -- who was in the country on a permanent resident status -- was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder, but his guilty plea landed him just one attempted-murder charge, in addition to aggravated assault. His sentencing is scheduled for November 9.
James King contributed to this post.
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