Man pleads guilty in meat cleaver attack on former co-workers - CBS 5 - KPHO


Man pleads guilty in meat cleaver attack on former co-workers

Qui Tu Truong Qui Tu Truong

A man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault in an attack on two former co-workers using a meat cleaver.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Qui Tu Truong was upset about being fired from his job and blamed Yen Ha.

Truong had previously threatened to kill Ha if she didn't stop allegedly talking about him at work, police said.

Court paperwork said on March 11, 2011, Truong went to Ha's home near 68th Avenue and Indian School Road and stabbed Ha and her nephew, Trong Nguyen, with a large meat cleaver.

"Times are hard, but not that hard," said neighbor Carl Hernandez. "He had to snap. You can't know what goes through a person's mind."

Crump said both Ha and Nguyen had worked with Truong at a nearby market.

A manager at the market told CBS 5 News that Truong was fired for not showing up to work.

Police said the attack was unprovoked, and both victims were caught off guard and had no chance to protect themselves against the attack.

Victoria Daly said she would see Truong at the grocery store all the time.

"He helped me a few times over at the store," said Daly. "He was just a neighborly person. He seemed like a real normal guy, not someone capable of something like this."

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