Meat Cleaver Maniac Made Murderous Threats Before Saturday's Attack

Two things you may want to consider if you know Qui Tu Truong, the man living in Phoenix who allegedly attacked two people with a meat cleaver over the weekend: don't talk about him at work, and don't get him fired.

Truong was arrested on Saturday after breaking into the home of one of his former colleagues at a nearby market and attacking her with a meat cleaver.

Truong, court documents obtained by New Times show, was upset that he'd been fired from the market, and blamed the female victim, Yen Ha, for his termination.

About 1 p.m. Saturday, Truong broke into Ha's house, near 68th Avenue and Indian School Road, and attacked her and her nephew, Trong Nguyen, with a meat clever.

According to authorities, the attack was unprovoked, but not unexpected.

Truong had threatened Ha in the past, claiming she was talking about him at work. He told her that if she didn't stop, he'd kill her, which he apparently tried to do Saturday afternoon.

Truong ran from the scene but was caught a shot time later. When he was taken into custody, officers noticed fresh blood on his shoes.

Ha was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. She has not regained consciousness since the attack. Police have not released information on Nguyen's condition.

Truong's been charged with two counts of attempted murder, and one count of burglary. He's not a U.S. citizen, and is in the country on a permanent resident status. Because of that, police consider him a flight risk and recommend that he not be granted bail.

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