A knife greatly increases the odds of ‘winning’ a street fight but it’s no guarantee, especially against numerous determined adversaries. Sometimes this is bad, when a gang of aggressors overpowers a knife-armed defender. But sometimes this logic works in favor of the forces of good.
Last week in Greenville, SC a group of bystanders witnessed a stabbing in progress, nodded to each other, and simultaneously risked their lives to disarm and neutralize the perpetrator. The victim was rescued (and is recovering), the suspected attacker shown here was captured, and the rescuers were unharmed.
21 year-old East Carolina University student Rachel Cooper was attacked without warning by a stranger with a knife, and suffered several knife wounds before several Good Samaritans rushed to her aid.
Allen Elmore, Anthony Turner, James Gronwoldt and Trey Brenner swarmed the attacker and immobilized the knife, and when he kept going for the blade they beat the living shit out of him. Suspected attacker Jacob Hollingsworth was arrested for Assault With A Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury and held on $200,000 bond. In a bizarre twist, he’s an active-duty USAF airman, and he was celebrating his 23rd birthday the night of the attack.
Elmore and his friends told reporters they were glad to be in the right place at the right time, and that they would “100%” do it again.
WYFF News has a brief video report here.