Just weeks after, U.S. Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, 23, was tending to his stab wounds after helping to thwart a gun attack on a European train, he was in a serious incident in Sacramento where he was stabbed again after an altercation while out with friends. He faces no criminal charges.  Surveillance video, from a nearby A&P Liquors, shows that the incident started with a few punches and spilled into the street with 5 to 6 people pushing, shoving, and brawling. One of the men falls to the ground, but gets back up. The two sides go their own ways after about 30 seconds.  Stone was able to walk away from the scene, but he suffered from several stab wounds.  Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard said that there were two males who allegedly wounded Stone.  Stone had been barhopping with friends.

His wounds were significant, but not life threatening. Stationed at nearby Travis Air Force Base, Stone is currently hospitalized at UC Davis Medical Center.

“His injuries are serious but he is in stable condition,” said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, “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.”

“The family of Airman Spencer Stone appreciates the outpouring of love and support,” UC Davis Health Systems said.

Stone received the Airman’s Medal in Washington, D.C. for his role in disarming a gunman on a Paris, France-bound train back in August.  Police said that they do not believe the stabbing was related to his celebrity and that a conversation between Stone’s friends, one male and three females, and the other group led to the fight.

“It is critical that you know what this act is, and what it’s not,” Bernard said. “This incident is a very unfortunate altercation between two groups of folks who were enjoying the nightlife in Midtown Sacramento. This incident is not related to terrorism in any way.”

“At this point we have no reason to believe Mr. Stone is in any kind of (legal) trouble,” Bernard said.

Police said they are looking for 2 Asian men who were wearing blue jeans and white T-shirts and left in a dark gray or black 2009-2012 Toyota Camry.  A passerby called the police at 12:46 a.m.  The case is still under investigation. It was unclear whether Stone had been drinking.

Stone was one of 7 men who officials say stopped a gunman from attacking passengers on an Amsterdam-to-Paris train.  Two of the men have remained anonymous. Stone rushed the gunman and was slashed several times by a box cutter. Even so, he tended to French-American Mark Moogalian who was shot while also confronting the gunman.  The five named men were celebrated as heroes, Stone, Moogalian, and Briton Chris Norman, and Stone’s two American friends, Anthony Sadler, 23, and Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Alex Skarlatos, 22, and all 5 received the Legion of Honor (France’s highest recognition).  The three American friends have received intense attention in the media since the attack, visiting President Obama in the Oval Office, appearing on national television shows and having dinner at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s house. Skarlatos followed his fame to a spot on this season’s Dancing with the Stars (ABC).  Stone suffered some of the most significant injuries in the train attack. He needed 20 staples and 8 stitches to close several knife wounds to his neck.

Stone and Sadler were just in New York City on Saturday to receive a valor medal from the Belgian government. They told the Washington Post that night that they planned to travel West (apparently through California), ending up in Roseburg, Oregon, where a gunman killed 9 people last week before killing himself.  Skarlatos did not make the trip to New York to receive the award because he wanted to support Roseburg, where he attended high school. The pair planned to travel there after the ceremony to be with Skarlotos. Skarlotos put his plans on hold to attend Umpqua Community College, where the mass shooting occurred, to be on Dancing with the Stars.

Senior Air Force officials decided to meritoriously promote Stone two ranks for his actions on the train, a move that was seen as controversial. They plan to promote him to senior airman on Oct. 20 and to staff sergeant two days later.

“I know I didn’t necessarily earn it the same way that everyone else did, but I’m a firm believer that respect is earned, not given, so I plan to do whatever I can to meet everyone’s expectations,” Stone said.

The suspect in the attempted train assault, Ayoub El Khazzani, 25, of Morocco was charged with attempted murder, attempted mass murder, and membership in a terrorist organization. He is accused of intending to massacre the passengers.

Despite the fact that police didn’t think Stone would initially survive this bar stabbing, his wounds were not life threatening and he is expected to recover.

Sources:  CNN  |  Washington Post


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