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Man who butchered cop’s face with cleaver interrupts arraignment


Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:38 PM

The cleaver-toting lunatic who hacked a NYPD cop’s face tried to showcase his own injuries and “objected” to the allegations during his hospital arraignment Wednesday.

Akram Joudeh, 32, looking antsy in a wheelchair at Bellevue Hospital, mumbled through the short proceeding and cut into the prosecutor’s take of the “extremely strong case” in a series of bizarre interruptions.

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NYPD Detective Brian O’Donnell may have permanent nerve damage in his face from the attack.

(Marcus Santos)

“Objection!” Joudeh barked as Assistant District Attorney Michael Pasinkoff began to relay the events to Judge Kevin McGrath.

Akram Joudeh

Akram Joudeh

(Police Photo)

Joudeh, who wore a white hospital gown and was covered from the waist down in a blanket, was slowly pulling his clothing up to expose his scarred gut for the camera in a video feed to Manhattan Criminal Court.

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“Shh. It’s my job to object,” his court appointed lawyer Tara Collins could be heard saying to Joudeh.

She explained he was trying to make the judge aware of the roughly “two dozen staples” on his torso after a surgery.

Joudeh was shot six times by police during the tense encounter near Madison Square Garden after he refused to drop his knife.

NYPD Detective Brian O’Donnell “may have permanent nerve damage to his face,” as a result of being hacked with Joudeh’s 11-inch butcher tool, Pasinkoff said.

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O’Donnell, who was off-duty when he assisted in the apprehension of Joudeh, was released from the hospital the day after the attack.

Joudeh had been spotted trying to break an immobilization boot off his car parked around Broadway and W. 30th St. about 4:40 p.m. on Sept. 15., authorities said.


The 11-inch cleaver Joudeh allegely used.


When cops caught wind of Joudeh’s stunt, he allegedly pulled out his weapon and sprinted off. A couple of blocks away he ran into O’Donnell and Police Officer Keith Hartman.

Much of the action was caught on video, prosecutors said.

He’s charged with attempted murder, assault, menacing a police officer criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Joudeh, a Palestinian national, was ordered held without bail. He will be arraigned on an indictment in front of a different judge at a later date.

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