Firefighters subdued a man they witnessed attacking a woman with a meat cleaver on the street Sunday, police said.
Members of the FDNY company known as the Chinatown Dragon Fighters saw the man attacking the woman across the street from their station house on Canal Street and intervene, according to police.
"I heard a commotion in the street and I look over, its a man dragging this woman, grabbing her by the arm, dragging her, she's crying and she's screaming," said firefighter Jose Ortiz.
Ortiz rushed over to help the woman, when suddenly he saw the man pull out the meat cleaver.
"I see the cleaver go up and he swings down and he hit her in the head," Ortiz said. "Now I'm thinking I gotta grab this guy." But before Ortiz could get to him, the man was able to strike the woman with the meat cleaver several times.
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