NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, September 16, 2016, 10:31 AM
The deranged driver who gashed an NYPD detective with a meat cleaver became enraged after several failed attempts to bash a traffic boot off his car’s wheel.
A video obtained by WNBC-TV captured an increasingly frustrated Akram Joudeh unsuccessfully using a tire iron and his feet to free his illegally parked Nissan Sentra in Midtown.
NYPD Officer Brian O’Donnell.
Joudeh, 32, a career criminal who was likely living in his car, went berserk when two police officers approached and he went after the pair with an 11-inch meat cleaver, police said.
The 45-second video showed Joudeh in the minutes before he opened a 6-inch gash on the jaw of Detective Brian O’Donnell less than a block from Penn Station.
Cops finally shot the suspect repeatedly after Joudeh ignored repeated calls to drop the cleaver, police said.
Joudeh tries to kick the boot off his Nissan Sentra in the video.
O’Donnell, a 16-year NYPD veteran, was hospitalized after the attack on a sidewalk during rush hour on W. 32nd St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves.
Joudeh, whose latest arrest was two months ago in Brooklyn, was listed in critical condition.
His rap sheet included busts for larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
The video showed Joudeh first trying to use a car jack and a crowbar to pry the bright yellow tire lock off the front driver’s side tire.
He later tried unsuccessfully to kick and twist the boot off the car before the officers arrived and the mayhem began. The suspect was carrying the cleaver in the waistband of his pants, cops said.