Christopher Coburn saved a woman from assault, London, Ontario, January 24, 2003. A 46-year-old woman, the assistant manager of a bank, was seated at her desk when a man approached her, put a knife to her throat, and, threatening to kill her, demanded money. Coburn, 54, bank manager, was in his office at the opposite end of the bank when he was alerted to the situation. He approached to within 10 feet of the assailant, who warned him not to get any closer. Coburn spoke to the assailant, asking to be held hostage in place of the assistant manager. The assailant eventually agreed. He released the assistant manager, then held the knife to Coburn’s throat. Coburn resumed conversing with the assailant and continued to do so as police entered the bank and joined in the dialogue. After several minutes, the assailant relinquished the knife and surrendered.
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