Spencer Stone, Hero In French Train Attack, In Stable Condition After Stabbing
Spencer Stone, one of the American heroes in the French train attack over the summer, was stabbed outside of a bar in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday.
Spencer Stone Stabbed
Stone, 23, was stabbed multiple times outside the Badlands bar in downtown Sacramento, reported CNN. During the altercation, Stone suffered, “non-life threatening but very significant injuries,” Deputy Chief Ken Bernard of the Sacramento Police Department told reporters.
The suspects in the stabbing are two Asian males, who fled the scene in a Toyota Camry. Police have deemed the incident alcohol-fueled and have stated that it was not a terrorist attack. Bernard called it a “very unfortunate altercation between two groups of folks who were enjoying the nightlife.”
Stone was admitted to a nearby hospital in critical condition. It was reported Thursday that Stone, who serves in the Air Force, is expected to make a full recovery.
“He’s out of surgery and doing well,” Stone’s father, Brian Stone, told People. “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.”
Back in August, Stone, along with friends Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos fended off a heavily armed gunman on a high-speed passenger train en route to Paris, thwarting a potential massacre in France.
“The gunman would have been successful if my friend Spencer had not gotten up,” Sadler told reporters at the time.
Stone apparently had managed to put suspect Ayoub El Khazzani in a chokehold, but the attacker continued to fight, stabbing at him with a box cutter. Sadler and Skarlatos, a member of the Oregon National Guard, eventually succeeded in subduing Khazzani. Stone ended up with injuries to his eye and hand in the fight.
For their bravery, Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos were presented with the the Legion of Honor, France’s highest recognition, by President François Hollande.