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L.A. MAN HELD IN HATCHET ATTACK

A Vietnamese refugee from Los Angeles accused of attacking two women with a hatchet in their Mississauga, Ont., town house, was captured when he attempted to flee over the Peace Bridge into the United States, Ontario Regional Police said Saturday.

Police described the suspect, Tong Van Pham, 35, of Los Angeles, as "just jealous." He was charged with two counts of attempted murder, and will appear Monday in a Brampton, Ont., provincial court for a bail hearing, police said.

The attack, which occurred Friday morning, nearly severed the left hand of Oanh Cong, 25, and left Thi-Thoi Hoan, 32, with massive head wounds, police said. They were listed in stable condition at Mississauga General Hospital.

The suspect and Ms. Cong met in a Malaysian refugee camp during the 1980s, and he was angry over her attempts to break off the relationship last year, said Detective Sgt. James Craig of Peel, Ont., regional police.

He was stopped by Canadian immigration officials in Fort Erie about 6:30 p.m. Friday as he attempted to enter the United States aboard a commercial bus, Craig said.

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