Hero Serviceman Spencer Stone Stabbed Repeatedly in Chest, Hospitalized

Stone helped thwart terrorist plot on French train

U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Oregon, Alek Skarlatos, left, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, 2nd left, and Anthony Sadler, right, a senior at Sacramento University in California, leave the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, with U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley after being awarded with the French Legion of Honor by French President, Francois Hollande, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. French President Francois Hollande and a bevy of officials are presenting the Americans with the prestigious Legion of Honor on Monday. The three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
October 8, 2015

The Air Force serviceman who helped foil a terrorist plot on a French train this summer was repeatedly stabbed early Thursday morning.

According to the Air Force TimesAirman 1st Class Spencer Stone is being treated at a hospital in the Sacramento area after being stabbed four times in the chest.

"A1C Spencer Stone has been transported to a local hospital, and is currently being treated for injury," Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Karns said. "The incident is currently under investigation by local law enforcement. He is currently in stable condition."

CBS News reported on Twitter that Stone was in critical condition.

According to a local television station, a stabbing occurred at approximately 12:45 A.M. on a street corner in Sacramento. The TV outlet did not name Stone as the victim in its report but said police did not think the victim would survive the attack. Authorities are investigating the incident as a homicide and maintain that the victim has not been identified.

Stone was one of the three Americans who subdued an armed terrorist aboard a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris in August. The 26-year-old Air Force member was wounded with a knife while foiling the terror plot and sent to the hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and Sacramento State University student Anthony Sadler all received France’s Legion of Honour award for their heroic actions.

UPDATE 2:11 P.M.: Sacramento police said in a statement, "It is believed that Stone was out with a group of friends when a physical altercation led to him being stabbed multiple times in his upper body. Immediately after the assault the assailants fled the scene. Felony Assault Detectives were called to the scene to conduct an investigation."

Authorities said his wounds were not life-threatening.

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