Garden Grove man held on suspicion of attempted murder for hacking wife in head


A Garden Grove man is being held on suspicion of attempted murder after hacking his wife in the head several times with a meat cleaver and telling authorities he had murdered her, even though she survived the vicious attack.

The attack, which police said was sparked by marital problems and witnessed by a child, occurred early Tuesday in the 12700 block of Flower Street in Garden Grove, according to a GGPD news release.

At 6:46 a.m. Jan. 19, the GGPD was notified by the Garden Grove Fire Dept. that suspect Thang Van Nguyen, 46, wanted to turn himself in for killing his wife, according to the release. Nguyen went to the fire department to confess to the crime.

GGPD detained Nguyen and officers and fire department personnel went to his house and found his wife, Huong Nguyen, 44, still conscious. She was transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange where she remains in critical condition, according to the news release.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday the victim had been placed into an induced coma and she remains in critical condition, GGPD Lt. Bob Bogue said.

A 7-year-old witnessed the attack and a 19-year-old was home but did not see the stabbing, police said.

The children are staying with an uncle, Bogue said.

Nguyen faces charges of attempted murder.