Li Chen charged with attempted murder during knife, frying pan fight

Li Chen, 26, allegedly swung a knife at the victim after getting hit with a frying pan. Photo: Anne Arundel County Police

An employee at a Japanese steakhouse in Anne Arundel County was arrested and charged with attempted murder Wednesday after he and the suspect attacked each other with a cooking knife and a frying pan.

Anne Arundel County Police officials say that the altercation broke out Wednesday afternoon at the Fuji Steakhouse on South Main Chapel Way in Gambrills.

Authorities say that the suspect, 26-year-old Li Chen of Northwest Washington, got into an argument with a fellow employee over food. During the initial fight, officials say the victim hit the suspect with a frying pan.

Chen responded by swinging a cooking knife at the victim, cutting him on the head in the process. Authorities say the victim also suffered cuts to his leg and arm in the fight.

Chen has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Charges against the suspect are potentially pending as well.