Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Fairbanks Man Tried to Kill Roommate With Meat Cleaver, Police Say
A Fairbanks man has been accused of trying to kill a roommate with a meat cleaver Sept. 18 in their South Fairbanks apartment.
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been accused of trying to kill a roommate with a meat cleaver Sept. 18 in their South Fairbanks apartment.
A grand jury returned an indictment Thursday for Cuong H. Dang, 43, who is charged with attempted murder and third-degree felony assault for an attack on Tony Nguyen. A $50,000 warrant was issued for Dang’s arrest.
Early on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 18, Dang returned to his apartment on 22nd Avenue. He was upset and intoxicated and began banging on his roommate’s door, said Fairbanks police officer Doug Welborn, who investigated the case.
In an ensuing argument, Nguyen asked Dang to be quiet and Dang took out a knife from the kitchen.
“He backed him (the victim) up against the wall and motioned like he was going to cut his throat,” Welborn said.
The victim said he was afraid he was going to die and called for help, at which point Dang fled, Welborn said.
Nguyen was injured in the struggle but not to a life-threatening degree, Welborn said. Police recovered the knife.
Dang has no criminal record in Alaska, according to the Alaska Court System’s public database.
The investigation was complicated by the fact that both Dang and his roommate speak limited English, Welborn said.
Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.