A California man who helped stop a terrorist attack in France in August was the victim of a stabbing early today in downtown Sacramento, Calif., USA Today reports.
Spencer Stone, 23, from the Northern California town of Carmichael, was reportedly in stable condition at a local hospital after receiving multiple stab wounds.
Stone is part of a group of Americans credited with stopping a terrorist attack on a French train. The Americans have been hailed as heroes for their role in the incident, in which a Moroccan man, Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, was arrested.
“ABC10 in Sacramento reports that Stone was the victim in an assault near 21st and K streets in downtown Sacramento around 12:45 a.m. and that police were looking for a suspect,” USA Today reports. “ABC News has learned Stone may have been protecting a friend at the time of the stabbing.”
Stone was hospitalized in August following the incident in France, in which he and two other Americans tackled and subdued El-Khazzani, who was reportedly armed with a Kalashnikov and an automatic Luger, on a train bound for Paris.
“The three Americans, hailed as heroes, said they acted out of instinct and were ready to fight to the death to stop the attack,” the publication reports. “They were awarded the French Legion of Honor and met last month in the Oval Office with President Obama.”