The Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc. — Paul DiGiacomo, President

Det. Brian O’Donnell’s Attacker Sentenced

October 29, 2018

Summations took place on Monday, October 29, 2018, in Manhattan Supreme Court in the case of Akram Joudeh, the perpetrator who attacked and wounded Det. Brian O’Donnell with a machete in midtown Manhattan on September 15, 2016. The jury deliberated approximately 15 minutes and came back with a verdict finding Joudeh guilty on all counts.

On Thursday, December 6th in Manhattan Supreme Court, Part 51, Akram Joudeh was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison on various charges, including Attempted Murder and Assault One.


Michael J. Palladino, President of the DEA, issued the following statement —


“We are obviously pleased with Mr. Joudeh’s conviction. His trial was a desperate attempt to evade justice and we anxiously await his sentencing on December 6th. What happened to Detective O’Donnell off-duty is a clear indication of how dedicated and brave the members of the NYPD are.”