DA Vance Announces 20-Year Sentence in Meat Cleaver Attack on NYPD Detective

December 6, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of AKRAM JOUDEH, 34, to 20 years in prison for attacking an off-duty NYPD detective with a meat cleaver. On October 29, 2018, the defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of all of the charges of the indictment against him, including Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and two counts of Menacing a Police Officer.

“Every day NYPD officers put their lives on the line to protect their fellow New Yorkers,” said District Attorney Vance. “Off-duty Detective Brian O’Donnell embodied this principle when he courageously jumped into action, tackling a man wielding a meat cleaver among scores of midtown pedestrians. Thanks to his bravery and our prosecutors’ hard work, Mr. Joudeh will now serve a prison sentence commensurate with this intolerable violence.”

Assistant District Attorney Michael Pasinkoff handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Christopher Prevost, Chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division.  Senior Trial Counsel Jeanne Olivo and Investigative Analyst Emily Hogan assisted with the case.


Defendant Information:

AKRAM JOUDEH, D.O.B. 4/5/1984

Queens, NY


  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Menacing a Police Officer, a class D felony, two counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony, one count
  • Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Resisting Arrest, a class A misdemeanor, one count


  • 20 years in prison