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A grandfather has been indicted for allegedly stabbing an ACS translator during a home visit
Quanyi Feng, 61, of Brooklyn, faces charges including second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault
Feng allegedly became upset when the ACS workers suggested that his grandkids weren't being kept clean
A Brooklyn grandfather has been indicted for allegedly stabbing an ACS translator who was visiting his home because his grandkids were showing up to school looking “messy and unkempt."
Quanyi Feng, 61, of Sunset Park, was arraigned Wednesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court and charged with second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said.
The 55-year-old translator from Queens went to Feng’s Sunset Park home with an ASC social worker on Nov. 8 because ACS had received a report about his 7- and 8-year-old grandkids’ appearance at school, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said.
At some point during their visit, Feng got upset with the social worker and translator for providing suggestions on how to keep his grandkids clean, police said at the time.
"He was speaking Chinese and pointing directly at me with his angry eyes, and he was like a dinosaur beast," the worker, Anna Yuen, told News 4 New York Wednesday.
As Yuen related the incident, the grandfather became intimidating and the mother of the children blocked the stairs as Yuen tried to leave.
"The mother immediately stretched out her hands like this and said, 'You're calling the police, you're not leaving at all,' so I turned around, and the man, the grandfather, came out and stabbed me," she said.
As the social worker and translator were trying to leave the apartment, Feng allegedly went up to the translator and stabbed her in her lower back, the DA’s office said. Yuen thought she'd only been punched, not stabbed, until she and the social worker made it to the street.
"I took off my coat, and there was blood all over my hand," said Yuen. "I said, 'Help, help,' on the street."
The translator was treated for several stab wounds and had to undergo surgery, according to the DA’s office.
Feng was arrested at the scene after the social worker called police, the DA’s office said.
In a statement, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said the ACS workers were “merely trying to do their jobs and follow up on a neglect report” when the attack happened.
“Such an unprovoked attack is especially disturbing because it can have a chilling effect on dedicated professionals doing important work to keep our children safe,” he said. “We’ll now seek to hold the defendant accountable.”
"I hope he never gets out of jail," said Yuen.
Feng entered a plea of not guilty. He goes back to court Jan. 16.