Spencer Stone remains in serious condition after assailants attacked and repeatedly stabbed the hero who stopped a terrorist attack on a train this summer, and now police are looking for help in finding the men who carried out the bloody attack.
Police in Sacramento said that the U.S. Airman was stabbed numerous times in an attack that took place Wednesday night. A spokesman for U.C. Davis Medical Center said that Stone had been stabbed in the torso three times, and was expected to make a full recovery, ABC 10 reported.
While Stone recovers from his injuries, police are on the hunt for two or three Asian males who were seen fleeing the scene of the attack in a 2009 to 2012 dark gray or black Toyota Camry. Authorities say the attack stemmed from a nightclub incident, which spilled out into an altercation near 21st and K Streets.
Surveillance video captured the attack and stabbing of Spencer Stone, though police said the footage was too grainy to make out faces.
Stone gained fame this summer when he, along with four other men, stopped a gunman who was trying to attack passengers on a train headed from Amsterdam to Paris. Stone rushed the gunman and was stabbed several times in the process, including one slash that nearly took off his thumb, CNN noted.
It was Stone who first attacked the gunman, with the other men saying he put himself at the most risk in order to help save the others on the train.
“If anybody would have gotten shot, it would have been Spencer for sure, and we’re very lucky that nobody got killed, especially Spencer,” said Alek Skarlatos.
But even after suffering the slash wounds, Stone managed to give aid to another man whose throat was cut. Stone applied pressure to the cut, ultimately saving the man’s life.
Stone and the other men who thwarted the attack were given the Legion of Honor medal by France, the country’s highest honor.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) October 8, 2015
Though Spencer Stone has a high profile and was known by many in the community for his efforts to stop the Islamist’s attack, authorities said his own stabbing was not terrorism-related.
Update: The assault incident is not related to a terrorist act. Assault occurred near a bar, alcohol is believed to be a factor. — Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) October 8, 2015
“It is critical that you know what this act is, and what it’s not,” said Sacramento Police Chief Ken Bernard. “This incident is a very unfortunate altercation between two groups of folks who were enjoying the nightlife in Midtown Sacramento. This incident is not related to terrorism in any way.”
Police are now seeking help in finding the men who stabbed Spencer Stone. They have released the surveillance footage of the attack, and have circulated a description of the attackers.
The Washington Post reports on the manhunt.
“Police said that they are looking for two adult Asian men who were wearing white T-shirts and blue jeans in connection with the stabbing. They fled after Stone was injured in a Toyota Camry, Bernard said. Stone was out in a group that included one male friend and three women.”
In another strange twist of fate, Alek Skarlatos lives in Oregon and reportedly attended Umpqua Community College, which last week was the site of a mass shooting that left nine people dead and another nine wounded. Skarlatos, who is now a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, traveled back to Oregon to be with family and friends after the attack.
— PCGoneWild (@PC_GoneWild) October 8, 2015
Spencer Stone may have again been trying to help others in Wednesday’s attack as well. Police said they believe he was trying to protect a friend at the time he was stabbed.
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