DA Vance Announces All-Count Conviction in Meat Cleaver Attack on NYPD Detective

October 29, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of AKRAM JOUDEH, 34, for attacking an off-duty NYPD detective with a meat cleaver. 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. He is expected to be sentenced on December 6, 2018.

“Today, Akram Joudeh was convicted of a brutal attack on an off-duty NYPD detective who jumped into action as the defendant ran through midtown during rush hour with a meat cleaver in hand,” said District Attorney Vance. “Thanks to the bravery of both the detective and his fellow officers, no one else was hurt. I thank the jurors for their service, and my Office’s prosecutors for their dedicated work on the case.”

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