Good Samaritan assists victim following stabbing in central Colorado Springs

Police cars respond to the 1500 block of Union, where officers say the met the victim of a...
Police cars respond to the 1500 block of Union, where officers say the met the victim of a stabbing. The victim had been attacked a few blocks away and was driven by a good Samaritan.(KKTV)
Published: Jul. 31, 2022 at 8:28 AM MDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 7:14 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A good Samaritan may have saved a stabbing victim’s life.

The Samaritan tells 11 News he was out by his car in the 2000 block of Lelaray Street late Saturday night when a man came running his way yelling for help. The man said someone was trying to kill him, and the citizen caught a glimpse of another person coming their way. The Samaritan told 11 News he put the man in his vehicle, called 911, and met police a few blocks away at Palmer Park Boulevard and Union.

While police have not confirmed the specifics of the citizen’s account, they confirmed a bystander did indeed step in and help the victim.

“That person was able to drive the victim out of the area to get them to a safe location,” said Sgt. Bethany Ortan with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

She told 11 News under Saturday’s circumstances, the good Samaritan did the right thing by getting the person in danger out of the area.

“I think it happens more often then people would expect,” she said of how often civilians intervene. “I would say on a daily basis we have a citizen who is able to help someone who has been a victim of a crime.”

Her advice: keep yourself safe too if you do feel you must act.

“There are going to be times when you’re going to feel obligated to step in, and in doing so we just ask that you do as safe as possible. The best thing to do is get whoever is being assaulted or like a victim of a crime away from the area.”

The victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. At last report, he was stable but his condition was unknown.

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