A 79-year-old man who suspected his younger wife was having an affair hacked at her with a meat cleaver Tuesday and nearly chopped off her right hand, police said.

The suspect was being held in an Alameda jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. His name was not immediately released.

A 79-year-old Alameda man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly attacked his wife with a meat cleaver this morning and nearly cut off her right hand.

The 54-year-old woman was in surgery this afternoon at Highland Hospital in Oakland and is expected to survive, said Alameda police Lt. Bob Cranford.