A man visiting his girlfriend at a Little Saigon community center this morning got into an argument with her, whipped out a six-inch hunting knife and stabbed her twice in the abdomen, resulting in the 37-year-old having to undergo surgery at a local hospital that lists her in stable condition, according to Garden Grove Police. Trinh Nguyen, also 37, of Huntington Beach, was later booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.
This all went down around 9 a.m. at the Free Vietnam Community Center, 13139 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, according to Lt. Jeff Nightengale, the department spokesman.
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The unidentified victim works at the community center that serves elderly and mentally challenged Vietnamese Americans. After she was stabbed, one of her male co-workers managed to wrestle the knife away from Nguyen, according to Nightengale, who adds that police now have possession of the weapon.
Nguyen was detained until police and fire personnel arrived, and Nightengale credited a total of six men with helping to ensure a bad situation did not end much worse. No one else was injured, and the woman is expected to survive the attack.
"The six brave men were given the [Police] Chief's Coin of Merit for their outstanding efforts in advancing the quality of life of our community," Nightengale notes in a statement.