Attacker of takeout owner now faces murder charge

Jicun Wu (above, with wife Qinhui Chen) was assaulted by Malik Niblack (left) in 2010.
Jicun Wu (above, with wife Qinhui Chen) was assaulted by Malik Niblack (left) in 2010. (FILE PHOTO / DAILY NEWS STAFF)
Posted: March 21, 2012

The District Attorney's Office this morning filed murder charges against a man who assaulted a Chinese takeout owner two years ago.

Jicun Wu, 44, died Thursday, more than 21 months after he was viciously attacked by Malik Niblack.

Wu died at Einstein's Willowcrest rehabilitative facility. He had been there or next door at Albert Einstein Medical Center ever since the attack, never recovering enough to return home.

Wu and his wife ran a takeout on 66th Avenue near Uber Street in West Oak Lane. On the morning of June 8, 2010, Niblack, then 21, who lived nearby, waited outside. After Wu returned from buying groceries, Niblack punched him to the ground, then kicked him at least 10 times, severely damaging Wu's pancreas and intestines, as he went in and out of consciousness.

The assault followed an argument Niblack had with Wu's wife. He had accused her of charging him 25 cents too much for something he had bought, she told the Daily News.

Niblack, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder last year, is serving a 6-to-15-year sentence in state prison.

Wu and his wife, Qinhui Chen, came from Fujian Province in southeastern China about a decade ago, leaving behind their two young sons. They opened their takeout in 2009.

The sons, now 13 and 16, just arrived in Philly from China a week ago, after receiving their visas. They had not seen their mother and father since the parents left China. The sons were able to see their father just before he died.

Community advocates have said that if anyone would like to help Chen with funeral and other bills, they may send checks in her name, Qinhui Chen, to: Greater Philadelphia Fujian Association, c/o Mei Ren, president; 905 Arch St., Room 202; Philadelphia 19107.

Contact Julie Shaw at 215-854-2592 or

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