Paris Train Hero May Have Been Defending Woman When Stabbed
Witnesses discuss the attack
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2015 12:02 PM CDT
In this Sept. 3, 2015 file photo, US Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrives at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

(Newser) – The Paris train hero who was stabbed outside a Sacramento bar Thursday may have been trying to defend a woman at the time. A worker at a nearby liquor store who witnessed the fight tells CBS Sacramento that Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who foiled a terror attack on a French train in August, was walking down the street as part of a group that appeared to be together. "Obviously they had left the club together," he says, referring to Badlands, a nightclub down the street. "They knew each other or something; they had been hanging out before this happened." A woman appeared to be fighting with one of the men, "hitting him with a plastic bag," and then the man punched her in the face, the worker says. "And the big dude, the white guy, stood up and kinda got in his face," he says, referring to Stone.

A brawl ensued, and an outnumbered Stone was stabbed, though the worker says he never cried out or stumbled, and didn't even seem hurt at first. After the fight, the woman left with the suspects, whom CBS Sacramento says are two Asian men who fled in a Toyota Camry. "I thought she was with the white guy the whole time because he was sticking up for her, but she ended up leaving with the Asian guys," the worker says. A taxi driver who also saw the fight echoes the sentiment that Stone was calm and collected after the stabbing; he also tells CBS a woman was indeed involved, though he says the woman in question was with Stone: "She tried to protect [Stone] too but she got hit too. Like you know, big punch, like boom," he says. As for police, they say the fight appeared to be "related to a nightclub incident" and broke out between two different groups: Stone's group and the attackers. Stone, 23, had surgery and is expected to recover, the Sacramento Bee reports.