Spencer Stone, who helped prevent an alleged Muslim jihadist attack on an Amsterdam-to-Paris train in August and earned hero treatment from French President François Hollande, was stabbed four times in a Sacramento bar-district street fight at about 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Surveillance video caught two Asian men engaging Stone, and the widely hailed train hero was stabbed by one of them.
During the eight-man brawl captured by security video, his two attackers in white shirts gang up on 23-year-old train hero Stone, who is bleeding in front. A police manhunt is underway for the two, one of whom is believed to have stabbed Stone in the chest four times.
According to The Washington Post, a witness called police at 12:46 a.m. to report a wounded man near 21st and K streets, a Sacramento nightclub area. Police found the victim, French train hero Airman First Class Spencer Stone, stabbed in the chest. Stone was taken to the U.C. Davis Medical Center for emergency care and is reported to be in stable condition with significant though non-life-threatening wounds.
The Asian men in question are shown by the surveillance tape escaping in a sedan after the train hero was stabbed. According to ABC, Sacramento police counted two or three Asian males scrapping with Stone in the wee hours after Wednesday night and taking off in a 2009 – 2012 dark gray or black Toyota Camry.
Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard told reporters that Stone was out in a group that included one male friend and three women, visiting bars. According to NBC News, Bernard described what happened.
“This incident is a very unfortunate altercation between two groups of folks who were enjoying the nightlife. This was not related to terrorism in any way and we know it was not related to what happened in France.”
Bernard said the two suspects, who fled the scene in a late-model Toyota Camry, were Asian males in white T-shirts and blue jeans.
For his role in disarming a gunman on a Paris-bound train in August, Stone received the Legion of Honor from France’s President François Hollande, and the Airman’s Medal from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Washington. Stationed at nearby Travis Air Force Base, the train hero grew up in Sacramento where he was stabbed.
According to NBC, Stone wrestled with Morocco-born Ayoub El-Khazaani who had opened fire on an Amsterdam-to-Paris train in August.
The train hero was stabbed with a box cutter as he fought to subdue El-Khazaani, and a severed part of Stone’s hand had to be reattached with surgery. Along with fellow Americans Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, Stone received the Legion of Honor during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace.
A fourth honoree was British passenger Chris Norman, who helped subdue the terrorist.
A fifth person due an award is French-American academic Mark Moogalian,who is currently recovering in a hospital from a neck wound inflicted by the gunman before the other men got involved. Moogalian tried to grab the suspect’s rifle as he was stepping out of a washroom but got shot in the neck with a Luger pistol.
Despite his cuts from El-Khazaani, Stone went out of his way to apply pressure on Moogalian’s neck to stanch the bleeding.
In a statement to CNN on Monday, Moogalian’s sister, Julia Moogalian, thanked the train hero for saving her brother’s life, despite having been stabbed earlier.
“My brother may not still be here if it weren’t for him. He was selfless in staying there with my brother. Our family is very appreciative.”
Regarding the train hero getting himself stabbed in a bar fracas, Stone’s father, Brian Stone, made this comment to People.
“He’s out of surgery and doing well. He’s been upgraded so no longer critical and it looks like he’s going to be okay. All I can say is that this world is not short of idiots.”
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