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Man pleads not guilty in meat cleaver attack on NYPD detective

NEW YORK — Akram Joudeh, the man arrested in connection with a meat cleaver attack on an NYPD detective, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday.

Joudeh was charged with attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and menacing a police officer, among other charges.

His legal aid attorney told the judge his client was not a legal U.S. citizen, as reported by the Associated Press.

Joudeh allegedly attacked an NYPD officer with a meat cleaver on Sept. 15 near W. 32nd Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues in midtown just as rush hour was starting.

Police said two officers responded to a call that afternoon about a man removing a boot from a vehicle he was apparently living in near Broadway and West 30th Street. They found Joudeh, who pulled an 11-inch meat cleaver from his waistband and ran away, police said.

A chase ensued and one of the officers tried to use a stun gun on Joudeh, which appeared to have no effect on him.

As Joudeh neared Seventh Avenue, an off-duty plainclothes detective tried to take him down. That's when Joudeh used the meat cleaver and struck the detective in the head, seriously wounding him with a gash from his temple to jaw, according to police.

Officers fired about 18 rounds at Joudeh and hit him several times. Both Joudeh and the detective were taken to the hospital.

In total, Joudeh is charged with the following: attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and resisting arrest.