Visitacion Valley man charged with attempted murder for allegedly attacking wife with meat cleaver, knife

A 50-year-old San Francisco man who allegedly attacked his wife with a meat cleaver and a knife in front of three children faces attempted murder and aggravated mayhem charges, according to the complaint.

“It was a brutal attack,” said Max Szabo of the District Attorney’s office, who added that three children were present when the Sept. 20 incident happened.

Yao Liao was booked Sept. 22 after the Visitacion Valley attack occurred.

The three children present were ages 3, 7 and 13.

According to the complaint Liao has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of domestic violence, assault with force likely to cause body injury, two counts of false imprisonment and three counts of child endangerment.

Liao, who remains in jail in lieu of $2.5 million bail, is expected to be arraigned Friday in department 12 at 9 am.

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