Suspect arraigned in stabbing of 5 in New York City family
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
October 28, 2013 02:25 PM | 1247 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mingdong Chen, a suspect in the murder of a five people in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood, is taken by police from the 66th precinct, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in New York. The Chinese immigrant, who neighbors said struggled to survive in America, was arrested in the stabbing death Saturday night of his cousin's wife and her four children. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Mingdong Chen, a suspect in the murder of a five people in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood, is taken by police from the 66th precinct, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in New York. The Chinese immigrant, who neighbors said struggled to survive in America, was arrested in the stabbing death Saturday night of his cousin's wife and her four children. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
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Mingdong Chen is arraigned in Brooklyn criminal court, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in New York. Chen did not enter a plea at his court appearance Monday. He has been accused of butchering his cousin's wife and her four children in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Anthony Lanzilote, Pool)
Mingdong Chen is arraigned in Brooklyn criminal court, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in New York. Chen did not enter a plea at his court appearance Monday. He has been accused of butchering his cousin's wife and her four children in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Anthony Lanzilote, Pool)
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NEW YORK (AP) — A 25-year-old Chinese immigrant accused of butchering his cousin's wife and children with a knife and found dripping in blood amid the carnage, authorities said, was charged Monday with murder.

"I know I am done," Mingdong Chen said to relatives who discovered him, according to a criminal complaint.

Chen appeared briefly in Brooklyn Criminal Court in oversized blue sweats, his hair disheveled. He was also charged with assaulting a police officer while being questioned at a precinct after the grisly killings Saturday evening.

Chen did not speak and did not enter a plea. His attorney, Danielle Eaddy, said her client had been injured while in police custody and appeared to have two bruises on his forehead. She did not immediately request a psychiatric hearing.

Chen was held without bail. His next court date was set for Friday, where a grand jury was expected to determine whether to indict him in the deaths of 37-year-old Qiao Zhen Li and her children, Linda, 9; Amy, 7; Kevin, 5; and 18-month-old William, all with the last name Zhuo.

Police said Chen stabbed and slashed the victims in their necks and torsos. The family was found in various rooms in their apartment on the first floor of a two-story brick house. Some were hospitalized and pronounced dead; others died at the scene.

"It's a scene you'll never forget," said Chief of Department Philip Banks III.

Chen had been staying with the family for about a week. He was a transient and illegally in the United States, Assistant District Attorney Mark Hale said. An immigration hold was also placed on him.

Police said Chen apparently was envious of fellow immigrants' successes in America.

"He made a very soft comment that since he came to this country, everybody seems to be doing better than him," Banks said Sunday.

Chen was unemployed after being fired from a string of restaurant jobs he held for just a few weeks at a time, according to neighbors and relatives in the working-class Brooklyn neighborhood dominated by a large community of immigrants from China.

The children's father, Chen's cousin, was not home late Saturday evening; he was working at a Long Island restaurant, one neighbor said. The mother tried to call him because she was alarmed about Chen's behavior earlier in the evening, police said.

Neighbors and relatives said the father was distraught over the deaths.



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October 28, 2013
He must feel that his relative's family was living a comfortable life while he was not, and the woman asked him to leave. In china, the culture is that you help the extended family members when they are in emergency needs, but not needy poor that depends on you.
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