Spencer Stone, hero in French train attack, in stable condition after stabbing – Fox News
Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans hailed a hero in the French train attack in August, is in serious but stable condition after being stabbed Thursday near a Sacramento bar.
He was stabbed around 1 a.m. PT and was transported to a local hospital, according to an Air Force statement. It adds that local law enforcement are investigating.
The Air Force Times reported that Stone was stabbed four times in the chest.
Details of the stabbing early Thursday are unclear. The suspects, described as two male Asian adults in white T-shirts and blue jeans, fled the scene in a 2009-2012 dark Toyota Camry, police said at a press conference.
A grainy surveillance video from a camera outside a liquor store showed a man who appeared to be Stone fighting with several people at an intersection. The group spilled into the street as people took swings at each other, and one person got knocked down.
“The assault does not appear to be a random act; it’s believed to be related to a night-club incident,” police said. Police have ruled out terrorism.
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
Sacramento police said the stabbing occurred in an area with a lot of bars and alcohol is believed to be a factor.
Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard said he did not know whether Stone was drinking, but others in his group were.
Law enforcement sources said they are working on the premise that Stone left a club with a woman who was harassed by wither one man or a group. Stone came to her aid about a block from the club, the sources said. Authorities believe Stone may have been attacked by up to six men and held down while stabbed, the sources said.
Brian Stone, the airman’s father, told People magazine, “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.”
Stone, 23, a Sacramento State University senior, and two friends– National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler– were on the Amsterdam-to-Paris train in late August when a gunman started to open fire. The three Americans charged the gunman and were able to eventually subdue him.
“He seemed like he was ready to fight to the end. So were we,” Stone said at the time.
Stone, who was stabbed and slashed with a box cutter during the train melee, said he was waking up from a deep sleep when Skarlatos “just hit me on the shoulder and said ‘Let’s go.'”
Stone and Skarlatos, 22, moved in to tackle the gunman, identified as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani, and take his assault rifle. Sadler, 23, then moved in to help subdue the assailant. “All three of us started punching” him, Stone said. Stone said he choked El-Khazzani unconscious.
Stone is also credited with saving a French-American teacher wounded in the neck with a gunshot wound and squirting blood. Stone described matter-of-factly that he “just stuck two of my fingers in his hole and found what I thought to be the artery, pushed down and the bleeding stopped.” He said he kept the position until paramedics arrived.
President Obama met with the three last month, praising them for their quick thinking and courage and calling them “the very best of America.” They were also awarded France’s highest honor by President Francois Hollande. The three appeared on late-night talk shows and received a hometown parade in their honor.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.