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Man accused of severing pregnant wife's arm with meat cleaver arrested in Niagara Falls

A Brooklyn man who authorities believe cut off his pregnant wife's right arm and several fingers on her left hand was arrested in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Saturday evening.

Yong Lu, 35, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Violent Felony Task Force and Niagara Falls police at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday at One Rainbow Center, the Welcome Center next to the Rainbow Bridge, said Deputy Marshal Brent Novak.

Lu was wearing a life jacket, Novak said.

"He purchased a life jacket, and we're assuming he was going to swim across" to Canada, Novak said.

Lu had also tried to get "stowed away" on a bus, Novak said.

"He talked to a bus driver and asked to ride over to Canada in the luggage compartment," but the bus driver refused, Novak said.

Police said the woman was attacked at home in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon with a meat cleaver. Her arm was severed just above the elbow, and she lost two fingers from her other hand. Police said the couple have a 7-year-old son.

Lu was reported to have been seen in Niagara Falls the next day.

The Marshals Service in New York City and Western New York developed information that Lu was possibly in Niagara Falls and attempting to get into Canada.

Lu will be transported later Saturday or on Sunday back to New York City, Novak said.

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