Wednesday 21 August 2019

Man (28) arrested by police over stabbing of hero US airman who thwarted French train terror attack

Spencer Stone
Spencer Stone

A 28-year-old man has been arrested by police in California over the stabbing of a US airman hailed as a hero for helping to thwart a European terror attack.

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone was knifed three times in the torso in a fight near a bar in Sacramento on October 8.

Police Chief Sam Somers Jr announced on Wednesday that James Tran, of unincorporated Sacramento County, had been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide.

The brawl occurred shortly after 23-year-old Mr Stone left a nightclub where patrons applauded him for helping tackle a gunman with ties to radical Islam on a Paris-bound passenger train in August. Police said the assault had nothing to do with the European terror plot.

Grainy surveillance video from outside a liquor store shows a large man who appears to be Mr Stone fighting half a dozen people at an intersection.

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