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Report: Cook Had Just Been Fired Before Cleaver Attack

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ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (CBS) — A cook accused of attacking his boss with a cleaver had just been fired from a Chinese restaurant in Elk Grove Village.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports, Xiubin Mei, 60, of Chicago, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the attack that happened inside the China Bowl, at 124 Turner Ave. in Elk Grove Village.

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TribLocal reports the owner of the restaurant confronted Mei when he arrived for his shift, and complained about his appearance. The owner also complained that Mei had been gambling the night before, and fired him, the TribLocal reported.

At that point, a fight ensued and Mei hit the owner, a 43-year-old man, in the hand and head with a cleaver, TribLocal reported. He also attacked a 51-year-old female co-worker with the cleaver, leaving her with a gash in the head, TribLocal reported.

The Sun-Times Media Wire identified the woman as Hui Yi Li of Chicago, and the man injured in the attack as Rui Zhong of Darien.

The victims were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. A woman was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and a man was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, fire Chief Bill Balling said.

Also taken to Alexian Brothers was the suspect, who was in police custody when he was brought to the hospital.

Mei was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery, according to Elk Grove police.

He appeared for a bond hearing on Tuesday and was ordered held on $100,000 bond, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said. A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 8 in Rolling Meadows.

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