Knife-wield­ing Dorch­ester man’s at­tack stopped by Hub of­fi­cers

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By MARIE SZANISZLO

Steely Hub po­lice man­aged to sub­due a knife-wield­ing Dorch­ester man early yes­ter­day with­out fir­ing a sin­gle shot — pep­per-spray­ing the sus­pect as he seemed bent on com­mit­ting “sui­cide by cop.”

Of­fi­cers re­sponded to a ra­dio call at 12:30 a.m. about a per­son with a knife in the area of Red­wood Street in Dorch­ester. They later iden­ti­fied the man as 42-year-old Thuc Vu of Dorch­ester.

When they ar­rived, po­lice said, they saw Vu walk­ing down the street with a butcher knife in one hand and a large kitchen knife in the other.

The of­fi­cers ap­proached him and gave him sev­eral com­mands to drop the knives, po­lice said, but rather than com­ply­ing, Vu walked to­ward the of­fi­cers with both knives raised, telling them to shoot him.

As he con­tin­ued to­ward them, one of­fi­cer pep­per­sprayed him, po­lice said. The of­fi­cers then were able to place him un­der ar­rest with­out fur­ther in­ci­dent.

Be­fore they ar­rived, po­lice say Vu had at­tempted to at­tack an­other man with the blades, po­lice said.

The vic­tim was able to es­cape and was taken to Car­ney Hos­pi­tal in Dorch­ester with in­juries that were not life threat­en­ing, cops said.

Vu was charged with as­sault by means of a dan­ger­ous weapon and ar­raigned in Dorch­ester District Court.

Pros­e­cu­tors rec­om­mended that he be held on $1,500 bail, not­ing that he had two de­fault war­rants out of the same court: one for a 2016 case in which he was charged with as­sault with a dan­ger­ous weapon and dis­turb­ing the peace, the other for an in­ci­dent this year where he was charged with de­struc­tion of prop­erty.

Judge Thomas S. Ka­planes re­voked Vu’s bail on both those cases and set bail at $500 on the new charge. He is due back in court Oct. 27.

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