The Brooklyn man accused of severing his wife's right arm, as well as two fingers from her left hand, was arrested over the weekend. Yong Lu was apprehended in Niagara Fall—and allegedly had a life vest with him.
According to the NYPD, Lu, 35, attacked his wife — reportedly with a meat cleaver — on June 21st, in their apartment near 55th Street and 5th Avenue in Sunset Park. By the time officers responded, Lu had fled. His pregnant wife, who was reportedly waiting for their seven-year-old son to finish school, was taken to Bellevue Hospital where doctors were able to reattach her arm.
U.S. Marshals and Niagara Falls police found Yu at a food court on Saturday. According to the Niagara Falls Reporter, "Police confiscated a few items along with a lifejacket that Lu purchased from an area Walmart. Police believe that Young was going to use this lifejacket in an attempt to swim across the Niagara River into Canada."
WIVB reports, "According to Crime Stoppers, Lu attempted to solicit a bus driver into letting him hide in a luggage compartment on a bus that was going into Canada. "
Lu was charged with attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.