American who stopped French train attack, Spencer Stone, stabbed in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO – France train hero Spencer Stone, stabbed early Thursday in Sacramento, is in serious condition at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, the hospital system said.
“The family of Airman Spencer Stone appreciates the outpouring of love and support,” the statement from UC Davis Health Systems reads.
Stone was stabbed early Thursday in an apparent “nightlife-related” dispute between two groups of people in midtown Sacramento, city Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard told reporters.
Bernard declined to describe what led to the dispute, but added: “At this point we have no reason to believe Mr. Stone is in any kind of trouble.”
Stone was out with four friends — a male and three females — when a dispute arose with another group, Bernard said.
Police are looking for two males in connection with the stabbing. Bernard described the pair as two Asian males who were wearing blue jeans and white T-shirts, and linked them to a dark gray or black 2009-2012 Toyota Camry.
Bernard said Stone’s injuries were significant, but did not appear to be life-threatening.
This, just two months after he was wounded while famously thwarting an attack on a Paris-bound train. Stone is stationed at nearby Travis Air Force Base.
Stone was one of five men who officials say stopped a gunman from attacking passengers of a Amsterdam-to-Paris train in August.
Stone rushed the gunman and was slashed several times with a box cutter in the process — almost severing this thumb, officials said.
He also tended to one of his fellow heroes, French-American Mark Moogalian. The latter was shot while confronting the gunman, and Stone, after the gunman was subdued, was credited with helping stop Moogalian’s bleeding.
All five were feted. Stone, Moogalian and the other three — Briton Chris Norman and Stone’s two American friends, Anthony Sadler and Army National Guard Spc. Alek Skarlatos — received France’s highest recognition, the Legion of Honor.
The suspect in the train assault, Ayoub El Khazzani, 25, of Morocco, was charged in France with attempted murder, attempted mass murder and membership in a terrorist organization, accused of intending to kill the train’s passengers.