Spencer Stone, the man who thwarted a terror attack on a train in France in August, was stabbed during an altercation on Thursday. According to the officials, he is in a serious yet stable condition.
Stone, a U.S. airman from Carmichael, Calif., along with his two friends, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, foiled a terror attack by tackling a gunman on a Paris bound train. The trio’s successful attempt of preventing the attack earned them the respect of heroes. The three of them were celebrated by President Barack Obama and French President, Francois Hollande.
The stabbing occurred at 12:45 a.m. near 21st and K streets. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Deputy Police Chief, Ken Bernard, said that the incident resulted from a “very unfortunate altercation between two groups of folks who were enjoying the nightlife” in Sacramento’s midtown area. Stone was knifed in the torso several times, because of which he underwent surgery. UC Davis Chief Medical Officer, J. Douglas Kirk, said that Stone is currently recuperating in the hospital’s intensive care unit. “He is currently being treated for what appears to be non-life threatening but very significant injuries,” Bernard said.
While Bernard declined to comment how the altercation instigated, he emphasized it was not an act of terrorism or hate crime. “The assault does not appear to be a random act. It’s believed to be related to a nightclub incident,” he said. Two Asian males, wearing white t-shirts and blue jeans, are being considered as suspects in the incident. An image of the two men was released by the police. A security camera footage of the suspects was also posted later.
The video can be viewed here.
Bryan Romandia, a clerk at the A&P liquor store, said he saw the incident from the store’s surveillance camera. “Pretty much all you see on the tape is the altercation. They are in the middle of the street fighting, like in the middle of the intersection,” Romandia said. “There’s like kind of going back and forth and then you see a guy lunge and he kind of gets stabbed.”
Terry Sidie, owner of the Faces nightclub on 20th and K streets, said that there are enough security guards on duty. Considering that Wednesdays are a slow night, he said he was surprised that the stabbing occurred. “On the weekends, 3,000 people probably dump out onto that corner,” he said. “But I have never been touched, and I’ve been there now for over 30 years.”
Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler received France’s Legion of Honour for their efforts to thwart a terror attack aboard a Paris-bound train. Stone also received the Purple Heart and Airman’s Medal. On October 31, he will become a senior airman, which will be followed by a progression to staff sergeant on November 1. “Spencer Stone is a very special airman,” Air Force spokesman Lt. Col., Christopher Karns, said, as reported by AirForceTimes.com. “His story and selflessness has inspired so many people. His instinct for helping others is well chronicled. Our hope is for his speedy recovery.”
Air Force Secretary, Deborah Lee James, said that the stabbing incident saddened her. On Thursday, she posted on Facebook, “Many of you know that he risked his life weeks ago to save many lives during a French train attack. The circumstances for today’s incident are under investigation by the local law enforcement. Meanwhile, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
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